Shunpei Uto

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameShunpei•Uto
Used nameShunpei•Uto
Original name鵜藤•俊平
Born1 December 1918 in Satsuka, Kakegawa, Shizuoka (JPN)
AffiliationsRikkyo University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Japan


Shunpei Uto did not take up swimming until he was a teenager, but he quickly demonstrated his proficiency by ascending the Japanese national rankings. He continued swimming as a student at Rikkyo University. At the age of 17 he attended the 1936 Berlin Olympics and won two medals – silver in the 400 metre freestyle and bronze in the 1,500 freestyle. In the same year he was the Japanese champion in the 400 and 1,500 free. World War II hit his fortunes hard and, after the conflict, he was forced to pawn his Olympic medals for food. Uto worked at the Niigata Nippo newspaper company for many years, and then retired to work as a farmer in his home prefecture.


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