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Evelyn Kawamoto

Full name: Evelyn Tokue Kawamoto (-Konno)
Gender: Female
Born: September 17, 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: January 22, 2017 in [unknown], Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Hawaii Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Wife of Ford Konno.

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Evelyn Kawamoto grew up swimming in Hawai’i and qualified for the US Olympic Trials in 1948 at age 14, although she failed to make the team that year. In 1949 Kawamoto broke American records in the 300m IM and the 200m breaststroke on the same day. She won both events at the 1949 US Long-course Nationals. In 1950 she defended the 200 breaststroke crown when she finished in a dead-heat with Marge Hulton, with both breaking the American record.

In June 1952, Kawamoto of the Hawaiian SC bettered her own U.S. 400m freestyle record and the following month she won this event at the Final Trials by a margin of more than five seconds. At the Olympics she took third place behind two Hungarians and won a second bronze medal in the relay. Kawamoto married her fellow Olympian from Hawaii, [Ford Konno], who won four medals at the 1952 Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States Final 3 5:14.6 1:12.7 2 2:32.9 2 3:54.9 2 1:20.2 (2) 1:22.0 (4) 1:19.7 (3)
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q 5:21.2
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 Q/OR 5:16.6

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States USA Final 3 1:08.0 4:30.1 3
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 1:08.3 1:08.3 2
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