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Naoto Tajima

Full name: Naoto Tajima
Original name: 田島 直人
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: August 15, 1912 in Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: December 4, 1990 in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Mie Muraoka; Husband of Asa Dogura.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Naoto Tajima first competed internationally at the 1932 Olympics, where he was sixth in the long jump. In 1934, Tajima won the long jump and added a bronze in the triple jump at the Far Eastern Games. The high point of his career came at the 1936 Olympics, where he first won bronze in long jump and then two days later captured gold in the triple jump with a world record of 16.00, which stood until 1951. In 1938 Tajima was scheduled to compete at the Far Eastern Games, but they were cancelled due to the Second Sino-Japanese War and Tajima thus retired from sports.

Tajima remained active in Japanese athletics as managing director of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations. He was a member of the Japanese Olympic Committee and coached the its athletics team at the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. Outside of sports, Tajima who graduated from Kyoto Imperial University (now Kyoto University) with an economic degree shortly before his 1936 Olympic victory, worked for a Mitsui Sunagawa coal mine. He also worked as a lecturer at Chukyo University.

Personal Bests: LJ – 7.74 (1935); TJ – 16.00 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Long Jump Japan JPN 6
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Men's Long Jump Japan JPN 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Men's Triple Jump Japan JPN 1 Gold WR

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Athletics Japan Final Standings 6 7.15
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 3 7.74w
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round Round One 2 7.65w
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round Round Two 3 foul
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round Round Three 3 7.74w
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round Round Four 3 7.52w
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round Round Five 3 7.60w
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round Round Six NP foul
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Qualifying Round NP QU

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 1 WR 16.00
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 1 OR 15.76
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 1 foul
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 1 15.44
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 1 WR 16.00
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round 1 15.65
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Round NP foul
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Japan Qualifying Round NP QU
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