Shozo Makino

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameShozo•Makino
Used nameShozo•Makino
Original name牧野•正蔵
Born15 May 1915 in Washizu, Kosai, Shizuoka (JPN)
Died12 February 1987
Measurements155 cm / 54 kg
AffiliationsWaseda University, Tokyo (JPN) / Shizuoka Prefectural Iwata Minami High School, Iwata (JPN)
NOC Japan


Shozo Makino set his first national record in 1929 in the 1500 metre freestyle. In the following years, he added records over various distances between 300 and 1500 metres, all in freestyle. After winning the silver medal in the 1500 metres at Los Angeles in 1932, he won a bronze medal in the 400 freestyle at Berlin in 1936. The Waseda University student set the first of several world records in the 800 free in 1931 at a Japan vs. USA meet. During the time between the Olympics he also set world records in the 400 metres and the 4x200 free relay. Domestically, he captured 12 freestyle titles between 1930 and 1940, four in the 100 m (1932, 1937, 1939-40), four consecutively (1937-40 ) in the 200 m, three in the 400 m (1930, 1933 and 1937) and one in the 1500 m (1930). In 1991 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

After graduating from university, Makino joined Nippon Nitrogen Fertilizer and, after World War II, moved to Nagoya to work for the Dentsu Advertising Company. He also served as an instructor for the Japanese Swimming Federation as a freestyle medium- to long-distance coach. In 1975, he was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Shozo Makino
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1936 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Shozo Makino
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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