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Tsuyoshi Yamanaka

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 4
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameTsuyoshi•Yamanaka
Used nameTsuyoshi•Yamanaka
Original name山中•毅
Born18 January 1939 in Wajima, Ishikawa (JPN)
Died10 February 2017 in Tokyo, Tokyo (JPN)
Measurements171 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsWaseda University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Japan

Biography

While one of the world’s best freestyle swimmers during his career, an Olympic gold medal always eluded Tsuyoshi Yamanaka. His biggest rival was Australia’s Murray Rose, who bested him in the 400 freestyle at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, and the 1,500 at the 1956 Games – he came fourth in the 1960 edition behind John Konrads. Yamanaka was also unlucky that his perhaps best event, the 200 metre freestyle, was not on the Olympic program during his career. He recorded the fastest leg in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay at the 1960 Olympics, but could not prevent a US victory in world record time. At his last Olympics, Yamanaka made his third consecutive 400 metre freestyle final, placing sixth, and swam in the preliminaries of the 4 x 200 free relay, but did not compete in the final, in which his teammates earned a bronze. Between 1958 and 1961, Yamanaka lowered the 200 freestyle world record five times, the 400 freestyle record once, and swam on record-setting teams in the 4 x 200 free relay on three occasions. Yamanaka graduated from Waseda University as well as the University of Southern California. He later served as the director of the noted Itoman Swimming School in Osaka. In 1995, he attempted to run for the House of Councillors for the Refereshing New Party, which featured several other former athletes on the list, but without success.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 4
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 3

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1960 Summer Olympics 29 August 1960 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 2:01.8 1
1960 Summer Olympics 29 August 1960 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Round One, Heat One 8:17.1 1
1960 Summer Olympics 30 August 1960 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 4:21.0 1
1960 Summer Olympics 2 September 1960 Swimming (Aquatics) 1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 17:46.5 1

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