Japan at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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Japan at the
1928 Summer Olympics
Flag of Japan (1870–1999).svg
IOC code JPN
NOC Japanese Olympic Committee
Website www.joc.or.jp (in Japanese) (in English)
in Amsterdam
Competitors 43
Flag bearer Yonetaro Nakazawa
Medals
Ranked 15th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
2 2 1 5
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Kinue Hitomi:Silver Medalist of Woman's 800m Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games
Tsuruta:Gold Medalist of Man's 200m Breaststroke at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games

The Empire of Japan competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Background

The Japan Amateur Athletic Federation (Nihon Rikujo Kyogi Renmei), founded in 1925, officially took over sponsorship of the Japanese Olympic team from the Japan Amateur Athletic Association in 1928. Japanese government sponsorship of the Olympic effort continued, both financially, and through expansion of the annual Meiji Shrine Games to include a wider variety of sports, including archery, basketball, field hockey, rowing, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian sports.[1]

The games became the qualifying event for the Japanese Olympic team, which now for the first time included a woman (Kinue Hitomi). For the 1928 Olympics, Japan fielded 43 athletes.

Medalists

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Oda, MikioMikio Oda Athletics Men's triple jump
 Gold Tsuruta, YoshiyukiYoshiyuki Tsuruta Swimming Men's 200 m breaststroke
 Silver Hitomi, KinueKinue Hitomi Athletics Women's 800 m
 Silver Yoneyama, HiroshiHiroshi Yoneyama, Nobuo Arai, Tokuhei Sada and Katsuo Takaishi Swimming Men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay
 Bronze Takaishi, KatsuoKatsuo Takaishi Swimming Men's 100 m freestyle

Aquatics

Swimming

Swimmer Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Toshio Irie Men's 100 m backstroke 1:13.4 3 QQ 1:14.0 3 QF 1:13.6 4
Takaji Takabayashi Men's 1500 m freestyle 22:30.4 9 QQ DNF Did not advance
Shourai Kimura Men's 100 m backstroke DNS x Did not advance
Yuki Matawari Men's 200 m breaststroke DNS x Did not advance
Yoshiyuki Tsuruta Men's 200 m breaststroke 2:50.0 1 OR 2:49.2 1 OR 2:48.8 1st, gold medalist(s) OR
Nobuo Arai Men's 400 m freestyle 5:23.4 10 QQ DNS x Did not advance
Men's 1500 m freestyle 21:35:4 9 QQ DNS x Did not advance
Hiroshi Yoneyama Men's 400 m freestyle 5:17.8 3 QQ DNS x Did not advance
Katsuo Takaishi Men's 100 m freestyle 1:01.2 4 QQ 1:00.0 1 QF 1:00.0 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Men's 400 m freestyle 5:22.8 9 QF DNS x Did not advance
Nobuo Arai
Tokuhei Sada
Katsuo Takaishi
Hiroshi Yoneyama
Men's 4×200 m freestyle relay 9:42.6 2 QF x x 9:41.4 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Diving

Swimmer Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Fumio Takashina Men’s 3 m springboard 139.82 8 QF x x 139.78 9

Athletics

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Iwao Aizawa Men's 100 m ? x Did not advance
Men's 200 m 22.6 x Did not advance
Juichi Nagatani Men's 10000 m ? 19 Did not advance
Men’s Marathon x x x x 3:03.34 48
Yoshio Miki Men's 110 m hurdles ? x Did not advance
Kanematsu Yamada Men’s Marathon x x x x 2:35.29 4
Seiichiro Tsuda Men’s Marathon x x x x 2:36.20 6
Mikio Oda Men’s Long Jump 7.11 11 Did not advance
Men’s Triple Jump 15.21 1 x x 15.21 1st, gold medalist(s)
Men’s High Jump 1.83 1 x x 1.88 7
Chūhei Nambu Men’s Long Jump 7.25 9 Did not advance
Men’s Triple Jump 15.01 2 x x 15.01 4
Kazuo Kimura Men’s High Jump 1.83 1 x x 1.88 6
Yonetaro Nakazawa Men’s Pole Vault 3.66 1 x x 3.90 6
Men’s decathlon x x x x 4795 22
Yoshio Okita Men’s Discus Throw x x 36.38 30 Did not advance
Men’s Hammer Throw x x 44.41 15 Did not advance
Ichiro Furuyama Men’s Discus Throw x x 37.89 27 Did not advance
Kosaku Sumiyoshi Men’s Javelin Throw x x 59.05 13 Did not advance
Tatsuo Toki Men’s decathlon x x x x 5794 12
Kinue Hitomi Women’s 800 metres 2:26:04 QF x x 2:17:06 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Boxing

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Fuji Okamoto bantamweight Bye  Traynor (IRL)
L
Did not advance
Kintaro Usuda welterweight  Fernández (ESP)
W
 Hall (RHO)
W
 Smillie (CAN)
L
Did not advance

Equestrian

Rowing

Wrestling

References

  • Official Olympic Reports
  • International Olympic Committee results database
  1. ^ Guttman, Allen. Japanese Sports: A History (University of Hawaii Press, 2001), p. 119-120.
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