Satoko Tanaka

Satoko Tanaka (田中 聡子, Tanaka Satoko, born February 3, 1942) is a retired Japanese backstroke swimmer. She competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics in the 100 m backstroke and 4×100 m medley relay. She won individual bronze in 1960 and finished fourth in both events in 1964.[1] Between 1959 and 1964 she set 10 world records in the 200 m backstroke, but did not have a chance to compete in this discipline. She set five more world records in the 110 yd and 220 yd backstroke. Tanaka held the national records in the 100 m and 200 m backstroke for 12 years. In retirement for many decades she worked as a swimming coach, and also competed in the masters category. In 1991 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]

Satoko Tanaka
Personal information
Full nameSatoko Tanaka
Born (1942-02-03) February 3, 1942
Sasebo, Nagasaki
Height158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)

See also


  1. Satoko Tanaka.
  2. SATOKO TANAKA (JPN) 1991 Honor Swimmer.
Preceded by
Lynn Burke
Women's 200 metre backstroke
world record holder (long course)

July 23, 1960 September 28, 1964
Succeeded by
Cathy Ferguson

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