TOKYO, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Kiyoko Ono, a former vice president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and a legendary gymnast, died last Saturday from COVID-19, at the age of 85.
Ono, a member of Japan's bronze medal-winning women's team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, became infected with the coronavirus while being treated for a fracture at a hospital. She received treatment for the infection and the situation improved for a time. But she died from a sudden exacerbation in the end, Japan's Kyodo news agency said.
Kiyoko took the team bronze at the Tokyo Olympics as a mother of two. The bronze is still the only medal for the Japanese women's gymnastics team at the Olympic Games.
Her husband Takashi Ono has been more successful, winning five Olympic gymnastic golds at three Games from 1956 to 1968.
She was also the first female vice president of the JOC and a director of the Japan Sport Council.
In 2016, she received an Olympic Order award from the International Olympic Committee in recognition of her contribution to the Olympic movement. Enditem