Japanese Backstroker, Satoko Takeuji, To Be Inducted into Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame

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The Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF) is proud to announce that Satoko Takeuji will be inducted into the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019 during the MISHOF Induction ceremony in St. Louis, MO, on Friday evening, September 13, 2019, to be held in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports convention.  The MISHOF Induction Ceremony is open to the public and free of charge, so come join ISHOF in honoring Satoko Takeuji.

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100m backstroke; Photo Courtesy: Satoko Takeuji

About Satoko Takeuji

In 1960, When Satoko Takeuji was just a senior in high school, and a member of her high school swim team, she was selected as a member of the Japanese Olympic Team.  She traveled to Rome, where she won a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. Satoko was also a member of the 1964 Olympic Team that was held in her home country of Japan.  After that, she took a break from swimming for just over a decade to raise her family.

Then, when the Japanese Masters Swimming Association was established, Satoko was asked to become an executive in the association.  She also started swimming classes for adults to promote swimming.   She was 43 years old when she came back to swimming.  It was then that she began to swim masters.

Satoko is a backstroke swimmer that competes in the 50m, 100m and 200m events. Her Masters career spans 33 years. She went to the 1986, 1988, 1996, 1998, 2004 and 2006 FINA Masters World Championships and won gold in all ten events entered. She is currently competing in the 75-79 age group.

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Photo Courtesy: Satoko Takeuji

Of her 40 world records, 10 of them lasted for five years or more. In 1992, Satoko had a stellar year in the 50-54 age group, setting long course world records for all three distances (50m, 100m, 200m). This included dropping the 50m record by almost two-and-one-half seconds, from 37.18 down to 34.87. That record stayed on the books until it was broken by the legendary Laura Val in 2001.

In 2017 she was the runner-up in Swimming World magazine’s Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year. She is a Senior Director in the Japan Masters’ Swimming Association and has held swimming classes for 120 children with asthma once a week for 30 years, in cooperation with doctors and nurses.

 

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Satoko Takeuji with Michiko Kihara, Japanese Olympian and former President of the Japan Swimming Federation; Photo Courtesy: Satoko Takeuji

 

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Satoko Takeuji, Japan; Photo Courtesy: Bungo.s

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2018 Asian Masters Swimming Championships Photo Courtesy: Satoko Takeuji

Satoko will be inducted as part of a group of nine (9) outstanding individuals that will be inducted at MISHOF’s annual ceremony. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in conjunction with the 2019 United States Aquatic Sports Convention.

MISHOF Induction Class of 2019

The prestigious MISHOF class of 2019 includes five swimmers, one diver, one synchronized swimmer, one water polo player and one contributor, from five (5) different countries: the USA, Canada, Lithuania, Brazil and Japan:

SWIMMER INDUCTEES:

CAROLINE KRATTLI (USA)

SATOKO TAKEUJI (JPN)

RICK COLELLA (USA)

ROWDY GAINES (USA)

WILLARD LAMB (USA)

DIVER INDUCTEE:

ASTA GIRDAUSKIENE (LIT)

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER INDUCTEE:

MARJORIE ANDERSON (CAN)

WATER POLO PLAYER INDUCTEE:

JOAO “PEPITO” MEIRELLES (BRA)

CONTRIBUTOR INDUCTEE:

JIM MILLER (USA)

Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame

View all inductees in the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Get more information about nominating a candidate for the 2020 MISHOF Induction class.

About MISHOF

The purpose of the MISHOF is to promote a healthy lifestyle, lifelong fitness and participation in adult aquatic programs by recognizing the achievements of individuals who serve as an example for others. To be considered, honorees must have participated in Masters programs through at least four different masters age groups and are qualified by an objective point system based on world records, world top 10 rankings and World Championship performances. The MISHOF is a division of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, please visit ISHOF website.

About ISHOF

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its mission is to preserve the history of swimming, celebrate the heroes, promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all children and adults, and connect older generations of swimmers to youth.

For more information, call Meg-Keller-Marvin at 570 594-4367 or e-mail:meg@ishof.org

 

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