Masaharu Taguchi

Masaharu Taguchi (田口 正治, Taguchi Masaharu, January 9, 1916 – June 29, 1982) was a Japanese freestyle swimmer. At the 1936 Olympics he won a gold medal in the 4 × 200 m relay, setting a new world record. In the individual 100 m race he finished almost simultaneously with Masanori Yusa and Shigeo Arai and was placed fourth, although photographs suggest he was second.[1][2]

Masaharu Taguchi
Masanori Yusa and Masaharu Taguchi (right) at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
BornJanuary 9, 1916
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
DiedJune 29, 1982 (aged 66)
Alma materRikkyo University

Taguchi graduated from the Rikkyo University, and later worked at a Daimaru department store and coached swimming at a local Daimaru swimming club. He was recruited in 1961 to prepare the national swimming team for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.[3]


  1. Masaharu Taguchi.
  2. Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle.
  3. オリンピック東京大会 水泳日本代表選手団. 月刊水泳 第161~163号. Japan Swimming Federation

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