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Sonny Tanabe

Full name: Richard Tsugio "Sonny" Tanabe, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: December 14, 1932 in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Indiana Hoosiers, Bloomington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Sonny Tanabe grew up in Hawai’i 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 masters’ 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 Hawai’i 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 Hawai’i in 2007.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 2 2:12.2 6:30.0 1
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