Full name: Richard Tsugio "Sonny" Tanabe, Jr.
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: December 14, 1932 in Hilo, HawaiÊ»i, United States
Affiliations: Indiana Hoosiers, Bloomington (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Sonny Tanabe grew up in Hawaiâi where he began swimming when he and his uncle would dive off the rocks off the coast of Hilo. He swam at Indiana University where he made All-American. Tanabe then served in the military and returned to Indiana to earn a mastersâ degree in physical education. He remained on the mainland as assistant aquatic director and swim coach at Hinsdale High School near Chicago, but then returned to Hawaiâi to teach and coach at Kamehameha Schools for over 33 years. He took up spearfishing as a hobby and wrote the book Spearfishing on the Island of Hawaiâi in 2007.
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Swimming||Men's 4 Ã 200 metres Freestyle Relay||United States||USA||2||Silver|
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Swimming||United States||USA||Round One||Heat One||2||2:12.2||6:30.0||1|