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Nobutaka Taguchi

Full name: Nobutaka Taguchi
Original name: 田口 信教
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: June 18, 1951 in Saijo, Ehime, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Nobutaka Taguchi took up competitive swimming at the age of 12, when his family moved to Mihara, Hiroshima. He first competed internationally at the 1968 Olympics and eventually became one of the best breaststrokers of the world at the start of 1970s. Along with [John Hencken] and [David Wilkie], the trio often dividing the breaststroke medals in international meets. The high point of Taguchi’s career came at the 1972 Olympics, where he won 100 breaststroke gold and 200 breaststroke bronze.

While winning the 100 gold, Taguchi set his only two world records, swimming 1:05.13 in the semi-finals, and then 1:04.94 in the final. Besides his Olympic medals, he also won bronzes in both breaststrokes at the 1973 World Championships, a 100 breaststroke silver at the 1975 World Championships, and 100 breast silver and 200 breast bronze at the 1970 Universiade. Taguchi won the 200 and was part of the winning medley relay at the 1970 and 1974 Asian Games.

Taguchi retired from swimming after the 1976 Olympics and, after graduating Hiroshima University with a commerce degree, worked as an executive with Fujita Corporation, a building construction and engineering firm. He later worked as a lecturer and professor at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya. Taguchi was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in 1987.

Personal Bests: 100 m breaststroke – 1:04.65 (1976); 200 m breaststroke – 2:23.11 (1973).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 100 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN AC h2 r2/3 DQ
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 2 h3 r1/2
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Japan JPN 5
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 100 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 1 Gold
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Japan JPN 6
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 6 h1 r2/3
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Japan JPN 3 h3 r1/2
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Japan JPN 8

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two AC DQ
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Japan Round One Heat Two 1 Q 1:09.8
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan Final 1 WR 1:04.94 31.38 7 33.56 (1)
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q/WR 1:05.13 31.27 3 33.86 (1)
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan Round One Heat Four 1 Q 1:06.07 31.53 1 34.54 (1)
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 6 1:05.69 30.91 7 34.78 (6)
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Japan Round One Heat Five 2 Q 1:04.65 30.31 2 34.34 (2)

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 100-200m 5dT 5dR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Japan Round One Heat Three 2 2:35.5 1:15.3 2 1:20.2 (2)
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan Final 3 2:23.88 1:10.87 5 32.93 3 1:47.61 4 37.94 (8) 36.74 (2) 36.27 (3)
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan Round One Heat Two 1 Q/OR 2:23.45 1:09.59 1 33.23 1 1:46.57 1 36.36 (1) 36.98 (1) 36.88 (1)
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Japan Round One Heat Three 3 2:24.12 1:09.81 3 32.65 2 1:46.86 3 37.16 (4) 37.05 (3) 37.26 (2)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Japan JPN Final 5 1:07.1 2:09.9 5
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat One 1 1:08.6 2:11.8 1
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan JPN Final 6 1:04.33 2:04.16 3
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat Two 3 1:04.90 2:05.13 2
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Japan JPN Final 8 1:04.15 2:05.43 8
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat Two 4 1:04.75 2:05.82 4
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