Naoto Tajima

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Naoto Tajima
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Personal information
Born August 15, 1912
Osaka, Japan
Died December 4, 1990 (aged 78)
Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long jump, triple jump

Naoto Tajima (田島 直人, Tajima Naoto, August 15, 1912 – December 4, 1990) was a Japanese athlete who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics. In 1932 he finished sixth in the long jump, while in 1936 he finished third in the long jump, behind Jesse Owens and Lutz Long,[1] and won the triple jump event, setting a world record at 16.00 m.[2] This record stood until 1951, when Adhemar da Silva improved it by 1 centimeter.

Born in Iwakuni, Tajima graduated from Kyoto Imperial University just prior to competing in the Olympics. His gold medal was Japan's last Olympic track and field gold medal until Naoko Takahashi won the women's marathon at the 2000 Summer Olympics.


Preceded by
Australia Jack Metcalfe
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1936-08-06 – 1950-12-03
Succeeded by
Brazil Adhemar da Silva