Japanese middleweight judoka Shinobu Sekine was born on September 20, 1943, in Ōarai, Ibaraki and died on December 18, 2018.
In 1972, Sekine won a gold medal at his only Olympics.
He retired soon after winning the Olympic gold medal, and served as a coach and advisor for the All-Japan Judo Federation, and as a referee during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Sekine also worked as an instructor for the Tokyo Police Department, and Heisei International University.
Shinobu Sekine passed away at 75 years old.