Masanori Yusa

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMasanori•Yusa
Used nameMasanori•Yusa
Original name遊佐•正憲
Born8 January 1915 in Tadotsu, Kagawa (JPN)
Died8 March 1975 in Tokyo, Tokyo (JPN)
AffiliationsNihon University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Japan
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3


A member of the powerful Japanese swimming team in the 1930s, Masanori Yusa was a member of the victorious 4 x 200 freestyle relay team in both 1932 and 1936, setting world records on both occasions. At the Berlin Olympics, Yusa also won a silver medal in the 100 freestyle, edging out his compatriots Shigeo Arai and Masaharu Taguchi, although the finish photo suggests it may actually have been Taguchi who came in second. Domestically, he won the 100 and 200 freestyle in 1933 and 1934 and the 100 m again in 1936.

After graduating from Nihon University, Yusa joined the Yokohama Rubber company, and in 1942 married the popular actress Yumeko Aizome. His daughter Makoto also became an actress with the stage name of Naoko Yusa. After World War II, Masanori acted as a technical instructor for the Japanese Swimming Federation, coaching freestyle sprinters. Yusa died of gastric cancer at the age of 60.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Masanori Yusa
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 1 Gold
1936 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Masanori Yusa
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 1 Gold

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