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Emerick Ishikawa

Full name: Kotaro Emerick Ishikawa
Gender: Male
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: October 23, 1920 in Lahaina, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: November 26, 2006 in Pearl City, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Nuuanu YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

Emerick Ishikawa was Hawai’ian but of Japanese descent. In 1940 he moved to the West Coast, first in Seattle and then Sacramento, hoping for more chances to train to win weightlifting championships. He ended up in a War Relocation Authority camp for Japanese-Americans in Tule Lake, California, but Ishikawa responded by setting up a weightlifting club in the camp, and continuing to lift. After his release Ishikawa won four consecutive AAU Championships, winning as a bantamweight in 1944-45 and a featherweight in 1946-47. He also won a bronze medal at the 1947 World Championships. Ishikawa was the role model for Hawai’ian [Tommy Kono], usually considered the greatest American lifter ever, pound-for-pound.

Ishikawa worked as a graphic illustrator at Hickam Air Force base on Oahu. He was named to the National Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also given a special recognition award by the Nu‘uanu YMCA for 33 years of service as a volunteer weightlifting instructor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting Men's Featherweight United States USA 6

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 6 307.5
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 4T 95.0
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 95.0 o
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 97.5 x
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 5T 120.0
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 120.0 o
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 127.5 x
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 127.5 x
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 5T 92.5
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 87.5 o
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 92.5 x
1948 Summer 27 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 92.5 o
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