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Ford Konno

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFord Hiroshi•Konno
Used nameFord•Konno
Born1 January 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (USA)
Measurements167 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC United States


Ford Konno won six NCAA titles and during his career, which took off shortly after World War II, he won 12 AAU individual titles. He set his first world record at the 800m freestyle in 1951 and that record remained on the books for five years. In 1954 he added the world 400m freestyle record to his list of successes and it was almost three years before the great Murray Rose replaced Konno as the world record holder. After his college graduation, Konno married Olympic bronze medalist Evelyn Kawamoto, and he became a coach and teacher in Hawaii.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Ford Konno
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Ford Konno
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Summer Olympics 29 July 1952 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 8:31.1 1
1952 Summer Olympics 2 August 1952 Swimming (Aquatics) 1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Final 18:30.3 1

Olympic family relations

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