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Shigeo Arai

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameShigeo•Arai
Used nameShigeo•Arai
Original name新井•茂雄
Born8 August 1916 in Shizuoka, Shizuoka (JPN)
Died19 July 1944 in Imphal, Manipur (IND)
AffiliationsRikkyo University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC(s) Japan

Biography

After dominating at the 1932 Olympics, the Japanese swimmers were slightly less impressive at the 1936 Olympics, but three still contested the 100 m freestyle final. While Masanori Yusa, Masaharu Taguchi, and Shigeo Arai all beat pre-race favorite Peter Fick, the gold went to Ferenc Csík of Hungary. While Arai was awarded the bronze, it is possible he was fortunate to earn a medal at all; photographic evidence does not fully match the official times.

Because of their excellent results, the three Japanese swimmers, with the addition of Shigeo Sugiura, were the clear favorites for the 4x200 m relay event. They dominated the competition, lowering the world record in the process. Due to the political situation and lack of international events, Arai never again swam outside of Japan, but he continued to be a force there. Between 1937 and 1940, he won three Japanese 100 metre freestyle titles, four in the 200 m, and one in the 400 m. He had won his first championship, however, in 1932 in the 100 free.

Following the 1941 season, Arai was forced to enlist in the army. He was killed in action near Imphal in Burma, now part of India, in 1944.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1936 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Japan    
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1936 Summer Olympics 10 August 1936 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Round One, Heat Three 8:56.1 1
1936 Summer Olympics 11 August 1936 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 8:51.5 WR 1

Special Notes

Research notes

Attended Hamamatsu Agricultural Silkworm School (Hamasilk) prior to Rikkyo University. Unclear whether he changed before or after the Berlin Olympics.

Created: Ralph Schlüter at May 16, 2020 14:54, Last edited: Ralph Schlüter at May 16, 2020 14:54