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Yoshi Oyakawa

Full name: Yoshinobu "Yoshi" Oyakawa
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: August 9, 1933 in Kona, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Hawaii Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In winning the 100m backstroke at the Helsinki Games, Oyakawa beat Adolph Kiefer’s Olympic record which had stood since 1936. Oyakawa could not repeat his Helsinki form at the 1956 Olympics and finished in last place in the Melbourne final. Oyakawa won six AAU titles, including the backstroke double in 1953 and 1955, and scored a double for Ohio State at the NCAAs of 1953, 1954, and 1955. He set world records at 100y and 100m for the straight-arm backstroke style. Oyakawa later settled in Cincinnati, became a swim coach, and, in 1972, was named Ohio High School Coach of the Year

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 8

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:05.4
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:05.7
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:06.0
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 8 1:06.9
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 1:05.0
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 1:05.2
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