Ford Konno

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Ford Konno
Personal information
Full name Ford Hiroshi Konno
National team  United States
Born (1933-01-01) January 1, 1933 (age 84)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team Ohio State University

Ford Hiroshi Konno (born January 1, 1933) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.

Konno was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended McKinley High School in Honolulu, and swam for the McKinley Tigers high school swim team. He later received an athletic scholarship to attend Ohio State University, where he swam for the Ohio State Buckeyes swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. Konno set world records of 2:03.9 in the 200-meter and 4:26.7 in the 400-meter freestyle during 1954 college meets.[1]

He won four medals at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics. At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, Konno won gold medals in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. His time of 18:30:3 in the 1,500 freestyle was a new Olympic record. He also won a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Four years later at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, he won a silver in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Konno is married to fellow 1952 Olympic medalist Evelyn Kawamoto.[2] He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Sports Biographies: Konno, Ford H.". Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Sports Reference: Evelyn Kawamoto". Archived from the original on 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 

External links[edit]

  • Ford Konno – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Ford Konno (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

Preceded by
John Marshall
Men's 200-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

February 27, 1954 – March 4, 1955
Succeeded by
John Wardrop
Preceded by
John Marshall
Men's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

April 3, 1954 – January 12, 1957
Succeeded by
Murray Rose