Former IOC Vice President/ Olympic Gold Medalist Dies

TOKYO – Masaji Kiyokawa, a Japanese swimmer who won a gold medal at the 1932 Olympics, died of pancreatic cancer at a Tokyo hospital. He was 86. Kiyokawa, a graduate of the Tokyo University of Commerce, predecessor of the present Hitotsubashi University, served as a vice president of the International Olympic Committee from 1979 to 1983.

Kiyokawa won the men’s 100m backstroke in the 1932 Olympics, where the silver and bronze medals were also won by Japanese swimmers. The sweep marked the first time Japan took all the medals in one Olympic event.

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