Toru Terasawa

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Toru Terasawa (寺沢 徹 Terasawa Tōru?, born January 4, 1935) is a former Japanese long-distance runner who on February 17, 1963 set a world's best in the marathon with a time of 2:15:16 at the Beppu Marathon. Terasawa placed second in the marathon at the 1964 Japanese Olympic trials[1] and 15th at the 1964 Summer Olympics. Terasawa is also a two-time champion of the Fukuoka Marathon; he set a Japanese national record during his 1962 victory (2:16:18.4) and improved on it when he won in 1964 (2:14:48.2).[2] At Fukuoka in 1966, he finished fifth (2:15:51.2) after colliding with Jim Hogan, the 1966 European marathon champion, and falling to the pavement just before the half way mark.[3]

When Morio Shigematsu set the world's best at the 1965 Polytechnic Marathon, Terasawa finished second.[4] His 2:13:41 performance was the third best ever at the time[5] He won the Nagano Marathon in 1969.[6]

Achievements[edit]

  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Japan
1962 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:16:19
1963 Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:15:16
1964 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:14:49
Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:17:49
1965 Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:14:38
1966 Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:14:35
1969 Nagano Commemorative Marathon Nagano, Japan 1st 2:21:02

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Records
Preceded by
Ethiopia Abebe Bikila
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
February 17, 1963 – June 15, 1963
Succeeded by
United States Leonard Edelen