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Masaji Kiyokawa

Full name: Masaji Kiyokawa
Original name: 清川 正二
Gender: Male
Born: February 11, 1913 in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan
Died: April 13, 1999 in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Part of the dominant Japanese swimming team at the 1932 Olympics, Masaji Kiyokawa won a gold medal in the 100 m backstroke. The Japanese team was so strong in the event that they went 1-2-3, with Toshio Irie and Kentaro Kawatsu taking the other medals. Kiyokawa returned in 1936, but was unable to retain his title, settling for bronze instead. A former world record holder in the 400 m backstroke, Kiyokawa became the national team coach after the war. He also started a sports administration career, serving in the technical committee for swimming of FINA. In 1969, he became an IOC member, joining the executive board in 1975 and becoming the first Asian IOC vice-president (1979-1983). He was also involved in the Japanese bid for the 1988 Olympics to be held in Nagoya. Kiyokawa was also a successful businessman, rising to become CEO of the Kanematsu conglomerate.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Japan JPN 1 Gold
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Japan JPN 3 Bronze

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Final 1 1:08.6
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:09.0
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:08.9
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Swimming Japan Final 3 1:08.4
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:09.7
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Swimming Japan Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:07.2