Satoko Tanaka

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Satoko Tanaka
Satoko Tanaka 1959b.jpg
Personal information
Full name Satoko Tanaka
Nationality Japan
Born (1942-02-03) February 3, 1942 (age 75)
Sasebo, Nagasaki
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes backstroke

Satoko Tanaka (田中 聡子, Tanaka Satoko, born February 3, 1942) is a retired Japanese backstroke swimmer. She competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics in the 100 m backstroke and 4×100 m medley relay. She won individual bronze in 1960 and finished fourth in both events in 1964.[1] Between 1959 and 1964 she set 10 world records in the 200 m backstroke, but did not have a chance to compete in this discipline. She set five more world records in the 110 yd and 220 yd backstroke. Tanaka held the national records in the 100 m and 200 m backstroke for 12 years. In retirement for many decades she worked as a swimming coach, and also competed in the masters category. In 1991 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Satoko Tanaka.
  2. ^ SATOKO TANAKA (JPN) 1991 Honor Swimmer.
Preceded by
Lynn Burke
Women's 200 metre backstroke
world record holder (long course)

July 23, 1960 – September 28, 1964
Succeeded by
Cathy Ferguson