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Mike Swain

Full name: Michael Lee "Mike" Swain
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: December 21, 1960 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Cranford Judo & Karate Center, Cranford (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Judo

Related Olympians: Husband of Tânia Ishii; Brother-in-law of Vânia Ishii; Son-in-law of Chiaki Ishii.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


In 1987 Mike Swain became the first judoka from the Western Hemisphere to win a World Championship. He added World silver medals in 1985 and 1989. Swain competed as a lightweight at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1988. He also won gold at the 1987 Pan American Games and a bronze at the 1983 Pan Ams. Swain coached the US judokas for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

In 1987 Swain started Swain Sports, which became a multi-million dollar international martial arts equipment business. In 2008 he sold the company to Dollamur and later served as vice-president for them for Global Martial Arts. Swain’s wife [Tânia Ishii] represented Brazil in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and his father-in-law [Chiaki Ishii] won a bronze medal for Brazil in the 1972 München Olympics.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Judo Men's Lightweight United States USA 11T
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Judo Men's Lightweight United States USA 3T Bronze
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Judo Men's Lightweight United States USA 34T

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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