MASAJI KIYOKAWA (JPN)
1978 Honor Swimmer
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.