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Yoshihiko Osaki

Full name: Yoshihiko Osaki
Original name: 大崎 剛彦
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: February 27, 1939 in Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan
Died: April 28, 2015 in Suita, Osaka, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Husband of Yoshiko Sato.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)


Born in a sporting family, his father also a competitive swimmer, Yoshihiko Osaki took up swimming at a young age while growing up in the seaside town of Wajima, Ishikawa. Competing throughout high school, Osaki did not gain national success until college. Osaki first competed internationally at the Japan-Australia dual meet in 1958, winning a silver medal in the 200 m breaststroke. In 1959, Osaki won the 200 breaststroke silver and 100 breaststroke bronze at the Japan-United States dual meet and in 1960 won the 200 breaststroke silver at the Olympic Games and helped Japan win a bronze in the medley relay. Osaki was also the Japanese 200 m breaststroke champion in 1959 and 1960.

After finishing his sporting career, Osaki became a sports administrator and official. In 1970, he became chairman of the Osaka Swimming Association and in 1987 was named chairman of the Japanese Amateur Swimming Federation. In 1984 Osaki was the founder and from 1992-2014 president of the Japanese Masters Swimming Association and was one of the organizers of the inaugural World Masters Swimming Championships held in Tokyo in 1986. Osaki was also president of Shakai Taiku Kaihata Kenkyu-Sho (Institute for Development of Physical Education), beginning in 1973, and ran a company that managed 17 swimming facilities in Japan. Osaki also acted as a swimming coach and participated at the World Masters Swimming Championships, winning seven 50 m breaststroke golds between 1986 and 2002. Osaki was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006, a year after his wife [Yoshiko Sato], who competed at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics and who won over 20 gold medals at the World Masters Swimming Championships. Their daughter Yoshie Osaki also became a competitive swimmer, who was selected to the Japanese 1980 Olympic team, but did not compete at the Olympics due to the boycott.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 2 Silver
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Japan JPN 3 Bronze

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 100-200m
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Japan Final 2 2:38.0 1:17.7 6 1:20.3 (=1)
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 2:38.2 1:14.7 2 1:23.5 (=2)
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Japan Round One Heat Six 1 Q 2:39.1 1:16.7 2 1:22.4 (1)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Japan JPN Final 3 1:00.4 3:16.0 2
1960 Summer 21 Roma Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat Two 1 1:11.8 2:17.3 3
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