Yoshi Oyakawa

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Yoshi Oyakawa
Personal information
Full name Yoshi Oyakawa
Nickname(s) "Yoshi"
National team United States
Born (1933-08-09)August 9, 1933
Kona, Hawaii
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Hawaii Swim Club
College team Ohio State University

Yoshinobu Oyakawa (born August 9, 1933) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He represented the United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, where he won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke event.[1] Oyakawa is considered to be the last of the great "straight-arm-pull" backstrokers.

He was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Yoshi Oyakawa. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Yoshi Oyakawa (USA). Retrieved April 10, 2015.

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Preceded by
Gilbert Bozon
Men's 100-meter backstroke
world record-holder (long course)

April 1, 1954 – February 27, 1955
Succeeded by
Gilbert Bozon