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Yoshi Oyakawa

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameYoshinobu "Yoshi"•Oyakawa
Used nameYoshi•Oyakawa
Born9 August 1933 in Kona, Hawaiʻi (USA)
Measurements169 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsHawaii Swim Club
NOC United States

Biography

In winning the 100m backstroke at the Helsinki Games, Oyakawa beat Adolph Kiefer’s Olympic record which had stood since 1936. Oyakawa could not repeat his Helsinki form at the 1956 Olympics and finished in last place in the Melbourne final. Oyakawa won six AAU titles, including the backstroke double in 1953 and 1955, and scored a double for Ohio State at the NCAAs of 1953, 1954, and 1955. He set world records at 100y and 100m for the straight-arm backstroke style. Oyakawa later settled in Cincinnati, became a swim coach, and, in 1972, was named Ohio High School Coach of the Year

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Yoshi Oyakawa
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Yoshi Oyakawa
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 8

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Summer Olympics 31 July 1952 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 1:05.7 1
1952 Summer Olympics 1 August 1952 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Final 1:05.4 1

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