Sueo Ōe

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Sueo Ōe
Sueo Ōe and Shuhei Nishida 1930.jpg
Sueo Ōe (left) and Shuhei Nishida in 1930
Personal information
Native name 大江 季雄
Nationality Japan
Born August 2, 1914
Nachikatsuura, Wakayama, Japan
Died December 24, 1941 (aged 27)
Wake Island
Alma mater Keio University[1]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole vault

Sueo Ōe (大江 季雄, Ōe Sueo, August 2, 1914 – December 24, 1941) was a Japanese athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault. He won a bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, tying with his teammate Shuhei Nishida. When the two declined to compete against each other to decide a winner, Nishida was arbitrarily awarded the silver. The competition was featured in a scene in the documentary Olympia, filmed by Leni Riefenstahl. On their return to Japan, Nishida and Ōe had their Olympic medals cut in half, and had a jeweler splice together two new “friendship medals”, half in bronze and half in silver.[2]

A Nishida-Oe silver-bronze medal

In 1937 Ōe set a national record at 4 m 35 cm that stood for 21 years. In 1939 he joined the Imperial Japanese Army and was killed in action in the Battle of Wake Island on December 24, 1941.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b 舞鶴出身オリンピック選手 プロフィール.
  2. ^ Shuhei Nishida.
  3. ^ Sueo Oe.