Naoto Sago

Naoto Sago

His name is Naoto Sago, not to be confused with Sato, the famous character played by Bruce Lee. However, the Japanese champion looks similar to the martial icon. Same corpulence, same juvenile and cheerful face, he can also emerge from nowhere to sting like a cat. Agile -especially with his legs-, keen, fast, precise… He is the real portrait of the fly in the ointment.

That’s what he did in November 2018, at the World championships. It was his first selection to a World’s. He had only won one single international podium. And he emerged… Only Crescenzo of Italy could stop him in the final. At 26, Naoto Sago finally came out to the light after dominating the tough national competition.

A new “Little Dragon” was it born the year of the dog ? Anyway, Naoto Sago is now in the position to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, his hometown. His main opponent ? Maybe himself, but also his fellow countryman, Shinohara. It will remain only one…

 

Ludovic Mauchien