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Masanori Yusa

Full name: Masanori Yusa
Original name: 遊佐 正憲
Gender: Male
Born: January 8, 1915 in Tadotsu, Kagawa, Japan
Died: March 8, 1975 in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

A member of the powerful Japanese swimming team in the 1930s, Masanori Yusa was a member of the victorious 4 x 200 freestyle relay team in both 1932 and 1936. On both occassions, the team set a new world record. At the Berlin Olympics, he also won a silver medal in the 100 freestyle, edging out his compatriots Shigeo Arai and Masaharu Taguchi, although the finish photo suggests it may actually have been Taguchi who came in second. After graduating from Nihon University, he joined the Yokohama Rubber company, and in 1942, he married the popular actress Yumeko Aizome.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 17 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Japan JPN 1 Gold WR
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Japan JPN 2 Silver
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Japan JPN 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Japan Final 2 57.9
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 57.5
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Japan Round One Heat Two 1 QU 57.8

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 17 Los Angeles Swimming Japan JPN Final Standings 1 WR 8:58.4
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Japan JPN Final 1 WR 8:51.5
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 8:56.1
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