Masaji Kiyokawa (JPN)

Honor Swimmer (1978)

The information on this page was written the year of their induction.

FOR THE RECORD:  OLYMPIC GAMES: 1932 gold (100m backstroke); 1936 bronze (100m backstroke); WORLD RECORD: 1 (400m backstroke); Honorary Secretary of FINA, 1964-1968; Honorary Member of FINA beginning 1968; Honorary Secretary of the FINA International Technical Swimming Committee, 1956-1964.

“Kiyo”, as he is affectionately known to the world of swimming, has repeatedly paid his dues to swimming by his work with FINA and the Japanese Swimming Federation.  A successful industrialist, Kiyokawa is President of Kanematsu Gosho.  He wears his Olympic gold and bronze medals with a modesty that belies the fierce competitive nature he once showed in the water as the man who beat the great George Kojac in the 1932 Olympics.