Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)
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.
|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|
|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|