Shuhei Nishida

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Shūhei Nishida
Shuhei Nishida 1930s.jpg
Personal information
Native name 西田 修平
Nationality Japan
Born (1910-05-21)May 21, 1910
Nachikatsuura, Wakayama, Japan
Died April 13, 1997(1997-04-13) (aged 86).
Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater Waseda University
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole vault

Shuhei Nishida (西田 修平, Nishida Shūhei, May 21, 1910 – April 13, 1997) was a Japanese Olympic athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault.[1]

Nishida was born in what is now part of Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. He was a student of the Engineering Department at Waseda University, when selected as a member of the Japanese Olympic team for the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he won the silver medal in the pole vault event.[1]

Shuhei Nishida (left), Sueo Oe and Kiyoshi Adachi are adjusting a pole at the 1936 Olympics
A Nishida-Oe silver-bronze medal

After graduation from Waseda University, he obtained a job at Hitachi. He subsequently participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany where he repeated his performance winning a second silver medal in the same event tying with his friend and teammate Sueo Oe. When the two declined to compete against each other to decide a winner, Nishida was arbitrarily awarded the silver and Oe the bronze. The competition was featured in a scene in the documentary Olympia, filmed by Leni Riefenstahl. On their return to Japan, Nishida and Oe famously had their Olympic medals cut in half, and had a jeweler splice together two new “friendship medals”, half in bronze and half in silver.[1]

At the age of 41, Nishida won a bronze medal at the 1951 Asian Games. He remained active in sports all of his life, serving as a referee at events, and from 1959 as an honorary vice chairman of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, and as a member of the Japanese Olympic Committee. In 1989, he was awarded the silver medal of the Olympic Order. Nishida died of heart failure in 1997 at the age of 87.[1]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Cousineau Phil. The Olympic Odyssey: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games. Quest Books (2003) ISBN 0835608336
  • Mandell, Richard. The Nazi Olympics. University of Illinois Press (1987), ISBN 0252013255