Ford Konno

Ford Hiroshi Konno (born January 1, 1933) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.

Ford Konno
Konno at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameFord Hiroshi Konno
National team United States
Born (1933-01-01) January 1, 1933
Honolulu, Hawaii[1]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)
ClubU.S. Army[1]
College teamOhio State University
CoachYoshito Sagawa
Mike Peppe[2]

Konno was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended McKinley High School in Honolulu, and swam for the McKinley Tigers high school swim team. He later received an athletic scholarship to attend Ohio State University, where he swam for the Ohio State Buckeyes swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. Konno set world records of 2:03.9 in the 200-meter and 4:26.7 in the 400-meter freestyle during 1954 college meets.[3]

Konno won four medals at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics. At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, Konno won gold medals in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. His time of 18:30:3 in the 1,500 freestyle was a new Olympic record. He also won a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Four years later at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, he won a silver in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

After graduating from Ohio State University, Konno worked as a high school teacher and swimming coach on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and later became division manager for an equity life insurance company. In 1972 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Earlier he married a fellow 1952 Olympic medalist Evelyn Kawamoto; they have two daughters.[1][2]

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ford Konno". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2014-08-04.
  2. Ford Konno (USA). International Swimming Hall of Fame
  3. " Sports Biographies: Konno, Ford H." Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
Preceded by
John Marshall
Men's 200-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

February 27, 1954 – March 4, 1955
Succeeded by
John Wardrop
Preceded by
John Marshall
Men's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

April 3, 1954 – January 12, 1957
Succeeded by
Murray Rose

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