Kōichi Morishita

Kōichi Morishita (森下 広一; born 5 September 1967 in Yazu, Tottori) is a retired Japanese male long-distance runner. He competed for Japan at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain where he won the silver medal in the men's marathon event.

Outside of his Olympic medal, his achievements include wins at the Beppu-Ōita Marathon and the Tokyo International Marathon. His winning time in the former race (2:08:53) was the fastest marathon recorded in 1991.

Since 1999, he has managed the Toyota Kyūshū Athletic team, based in Miyawaka, Fukuoka. He has coached many runners including the late Samuel Wanjiru, who was a member of the team from 2005 to early 2008.


Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1990 Asian Games Beijing, PR China 1st 10,000 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th 10,000 m
Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st Marathon
1992 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd Marathon


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