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Reizo Koike (小池 禮三, Koike Reizō, December 12, 1915 – August 3, 1998) was a Japanese swimmer who specialized in the 200 m breaststroke. In this event he won a silver medal at the 1932 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1936 Olympics, and set an unofficial world record in 100 m between these Olympics. During his career Koike won eight national titles.[1]

Reizo Koike
Erwin Sietas, Tetsuo Hamuro, Reizo Koike 1936.jpg
Erwin Sietas, Tetsuo Hamuro and Reizo Koike at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
NationalityJapanese
Born(1915-12-15)December 15, 1915
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
DiedAugust 3, 1998(1998-08-03) (aged 82)
Alma materKeio University
Sport
SportSwimming
Event(s)200-meter breaststroke

After the end of World War II, Koike became a coach for the Japanese national Olympic swimming team and chairman of the Japan Swimming Federation. He was present in Barcelona during the 1992 Summer Olympics, when Kyoko Iwasaki won the gold medal. In 1990 Koike received the Olympic Order in Silver, and in 1996 was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2] He died of lung cancer in 1998.

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  1. ^ Reizo Koike. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ REIZO KOIKE (JPN) 1996 Pioneer Swimmer. ishof.org