Toru Terasawa

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Toru Terasawa
Toru Terasawa 1964.jpg
Toru Terasawa at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1935-01-04) January 4, 1935 (age 84)
Toyama Prefecture, Japan
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
SportLong-distance running

Toru Terasawa (寺沢 徹, Terasawa Tōru, born January 4, 1935) is a former Japanese long-distance runner who on February 17, 1963 set a world record in the marathon with a time of 2:15:16 at the Beppu Marathon. Terasawa placed second in the marathon at the 1964 Japanese Olympic trials[1] and 15th at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[2] Terasawa is also a two-time champion of the Fukuoka Marathon; he set a Japanese national record during his 1962 victory (2:16:18.4) and improved on it when he won in 1964 (2:14:48.2).[3] At Fukuoka in 1966, he finished fifth (2:15:51.2) after colliding with Jim Hogan, the 1966 European marathon champion, and falling to the pavement just before the half way mark.[3]

When Morio Shigematsu set the world record at the 1965 Polytechnic Marathon, Terasawa finished second.[4] His 2:13:41 performance was the third best ever at the time[5] In 1965, he set his second world record, in the 30 km,[6] and in 1969 he won the Nagano Marathon.[7]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Japan
1962 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:16:19
1963 Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:15:16
1964 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:14:49
Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:17:49
1965 Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:14:38
1966 Beppu-Ōita Marathon Beppu-Ōita, Japan 1st 2:14:35
1969 Nagano Commemorative Marathon Nagano, Japan 1st 2:21:02


  1. ^ Martin, David E.; Gynn, Roger W. H. (2000). The Olympic Marathon. Human Kinetics. pp. 240–. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6.
  2. ^ Toru Terasawa.
  3. ^ a b Marathon – A history of the Fukuoka International Marathon Championships by K. Ken Nakamura – Part 1 1947–1966. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
  4. ^ Marathon Won by Shigematsu in Record Time. 1965
  5. ^ A history of the Fukuoka International Marathon Championships. IAAF
  6. ^ World Best Progressions – Road.
  7. ^ Ota, Shigenobu (2010-04-19). Nagano Olympic Memorial Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
Preceded by
Ethiopia Abebe Bikila
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
February 17, 1963 – June 15, 1963
Succeeded by
United States Leonard Edelen