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Yoshiyuki Tsuruta

Full name: Yoshiyuki Tsuruta
Original name: 鶴田 義行
Gender: Male
Born: November 1, 1903 in Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan
Died: July 24, 1986
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

After his victory in 1928 in the 200 metre breaststroke, Yoshiyuki Tsuruta won another gold medal at Los Angeles in 1932. Until 2008, when his countryman Kosuke Kitajima won his second gold medal in this event, he was the only man to repeat as gold medalist in the 200 meter breaststroke. In 1929 Tsuruta set a world record of 2:45.0 min.

Tsuruta first worked for the Government Railways, but voluntarily joined the Imperial Navy in 1920 for several years, where he took up swimming seriously. During his sporting career he studied law at the Meiji University. Subsequently he worked for a railroad company and as a physical teacher for the Municipality of Nagoya. During World War II he was called to the service again. After the war he joined a newspaper in the town of Ehime, where he became a coach and a sports administrator. In 1949 Tsuruta advocated for the introduction of swimming into the official education curriculum in Japan.

Tsuruta was admitted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968 and was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun. In 1980 he received the Olympic Order in Silver.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 1 Gold OR
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 1 Gold

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Swimming Japan Final 1 OR 2:48.8
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 2:49.2
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Swimming Japan Round One Heat Four 1 QU/OR 2:50.0
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Final 1 2:45.4
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 2:45.4
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 2:46.2
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