Kuzuo Kitamura

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameKuzuo•Kitamura
Used nameKuzuo•Kitamura
Original name北村•久寿雄
Born9 October 1917 in Kochi, Kochi (JPN)
Died6 June 1996
NOC Japan

Biography

At 14 years, 309 days Kuzuo Kitamura was the youngest Olympic swimming gold medalist at the time, a record not broken until 1988 by Hungarian swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi. His two national titles came in the 1500 metre freestyle in 1932 and 1933. He retired from active sports after the 1932 Olympics and later graduated from Tokyo Imperial University. Later he was employed by the Japanese Ministry of Labor. After his retirement from public service he became director of a cement factory in 1984. When he fought in Burma during World War II, his Olympic medal was given as a metal donation to the local authorities by his father, but they refused to accept the donation, from emotion. In 1965 he became the first non-American in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In addition, he has also held various positions in the Japanese Swimming Federation.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Kuzuo Kitamura
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold