Toru Terasawa at the 1964 Olympics
|Born||January 4, 1935|
Toyama Prefecture, Japan
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb)|
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 and 15th at the 1964 Summer Olympics. 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). 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.
When Morio Shigematsu set the world record at the 1965 Polytechnic Marathon, Terasawa finished second. His 2:13:41 performance was the third best ever at the time In 1965, he set his second world record, in the 30 km, and in 1969 he won the Nagano Marathon.
- All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
|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|
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| Men's Marathon World Record Holder
February 17, 1963 – June 15, 1963
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