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The Empire of Japan competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Japan at the
1928 Summer Olympics
Flag of Japan (1870–1999).svg
IOC codeJPN
NOCJapanese Olympic Committee
Websitewww.joc.or.jp ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese) ‹See Tfd›(in English)
in Amsterdam
Competitors43
Flag bearerYonetaro Nakazawa
Medals
Ranked 15th
Gold
2
Silver
2
Bronze
1
Total
5
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Kinue Hitomi:Silver Medalist of Woman's 800m Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games
Tsuruta:Gold Medalist of Man's 200m Breaststroke at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The Japan Amateur Athletic Federation (Nihon Rikujo Kyogi Renmei), founded in 1925, officially took over sponsorship of the Japanese Olympic team from the Japan Amateur Athletic Association in 1928. Japanese government sponsorship of the Olympic effort continued, both financially, and through expansion of the annual Meiji Shrine Games to include a wider variety of sports, including archery, basketball, field hockey, rowing, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian sports.[1]

The games became the qualifying event for the Japanese Olympic team, which now for the first time included a woman (Kinue Hitomi). For the 1928 Olympics, Japan fielded 43 athletes.

MedalistsEdit

AquaticsEdit

SwimmingEdit

Swimmer Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Toshio Irie Men's 100 m backstroke 1:13.4 3 QQ 1:14.0 3 QF 1:13.6 4
Takaji Takabayashi Men's 1500 m freestyle 22:30.4 9 QQ DNF Did not advance
Shourai Kimura Men's 100 m backstroke DNS x Did not advance
Yuki Matawari Men's 200 m breaststroke DNS x Did not advance
Yoshiyuki Tsuruta Men's 200 m breaststroke 2:50.0 1 OR 2:49.2 1 OR 2:48.8   OR
Nobuo Arai Men's 400 m freestyle 5:23.4 10 QQ DNS x Did not advance
Men's 1500 m freestyle 21:35:4 9 QQ DNS x Did not advance
Hiroshi Yoneyama Men's 400 m freestyle 5:17.8 3 QQ DNS x Did not advance
Katsuo Takaishi Men's 100 m freestyle 1:01.2 4 QQ 1:00.0 1 QF 1:00.0  
Men's 400 m freestyle 5:22.8 9 QF DNS x Did not advance
Nobuo Arai
Tokuhei Sada
Katsuo Takaishi
Hiroshi Yoneyama
Men's 4×200 m freestyle relay 9:42.6 2 QF x x 9:41.4  

DivingEdit

Swimmer Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Fumio Takashina Men's 3 m springboard 139.82 8 QF x x 139.78 9

AthleticsEdit

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Iwao Aizawa Men's 100 m ? x Did not advance
Men's 200 m 22.6 x Did not advance
Juichi Nagatani Men's 10000 m ? 19 Did not advance
Men's Marathon x x x x 3:03.34 48
Yoshio Miki Men's 110 m hurdles ? x Did not advance
Kanematsu Yamada Men's Marathon x x x x 2:35.29 4
Seiichiro Tsuda Men's Marathon x x x x 2:36.20 6
Mikio Oda Men's Long Jump 7.11 11 Did not advance
Men's Triple Jump 15.21 1 x x 15.21  
Men's High Jump 1.83 1 x x 1.88 7
Chūhei Nambu Men's Long Jump 7.25 9 Did not advance
Men's Triple Jump 15.01 2 x x 15.01 4
Kazuo Kimura Men's High Jump 1.83 1 x x 1.88 6
Yonetaro Nakazawa Men's Pole Vault 3.66 1 x x 3.90 6
Men's decathlon x x x x 4795 22
Yoshio Okita Men's Discus Throw x x 36.38 30 Did not advance
Men's Hammer Throw x x 44.41 15 Did not advance
Ichiro Furuyama Men's Discus Throw x x 37.89 27 Did not advance
Kosaku Sumiyoshi Men's Javelin Throw x x 59.05 13 Did not advance
Tatsuo Toki Men's decathlon x x x x 5794 12
Kinue Hitomi Women's 800 metres 2:26:04 QF x x 2:17:06  

BoxingEdit

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Fuji Okamoto bantamweight Bye   Traynor (IRL)
L
Did not advance
Kintaro Usuda welterweight   Fernández (ESP)
W
  Hall (RHO)
W
  Smillie (CAN)
L
Did not advance

EquestrianEdit

RowingEdit

WrestlingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Guttman, Allen. Japanese Sports: A History (University of Hawaii Press, 2001), p. 119-120.