Shigeo Arai

Shigeo Arai (新井 茂雄, Arai Shigeo, August 8, 1916 July 19, 1944) was a Japanese freestyle swimmer who competed at the 1936 Olympics. He won a gold medal in 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, setting a world record. In the individual 100 m race he finished almost simultaneously with Masanori Yusa and Masaharu Taguchi and was awarded a bronze medal. Those Games were the only international competition for Arai, though he won three national titles in the 100 m and four in the 200 m freestyle between 1937 and 1940.[1]

Shigeo Arai
Shigeo Arai (left) and Masanori Yusa at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
BornAugust 8, 1916
Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
DiedJuly 19, 1944 (aged 27)
Myanmar, Burma
SportSwimming (freestyle)

While serving in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, he was killed in action in Burma.[1][2]

See also


  1. Shigeo Arai.
  2. "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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