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Kuzuo Kitamura

Full name: Kuzuo Kitamura
Original name: 北村 久寿雄
Gender: Male
Born: October 9, 1917 in Kochi, Kochi, Japan
Died: June 6, 1996
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


At 14 years, 309 days Kuzuo Kitamura was the youngest Olympic swimming gold medalist at the time, a record not broken until 1988 by Hungarian swimmer [Krisztina Egerszegi]. He retired from active sports after the 1932 Olympics and later graduated from Tokyo Imperial University. Later he was employed by the Japanese Ministry of Labor. After his retirement from public service he became director of a cement factory in 1984. When he fought in Burma during World War II, his Olympic medal was given as a metal donation to the local authorities by his father, but they refused to accept the donation, from emotion. In 1965 he became the first non-American in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In addition, he has also held various positions in the Japanese Swimming Federation.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 14 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Japan JPN 1 Gold

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 14 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Final 1 OR 19:12.4
1932 Summer 14 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q/OR 19:51.6
1932 Summer 14 Los Angeles Swimming Japan Round One Heat One 1 Q 19:55.2
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