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Introducing the Olympic and Paralympic athletes from Keio University.
Athletes with “(student)” after their name competed while enrolled at Keio University.

Latest information in the run up to 2020 available here.

Numerous episodes from past Olympics also introduced here.

2016 Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio de Janeiro

Having also competed in the London Games, Ryota Yamagata won a silver medal in an historic Men’s 4x100m Relay, setting a new Japanese and Asian record. In addition, Munetomo Ginga finished fourth in the Men’s Trampoline Individual.

Sport Name Event and Result
Sailing Manami Doi (student) Women’s Laser Radial Class: 20th
Gymnastics Ginga Munetomo (student) Men’s Trampoline Individual: 4th
Athletics Ryota Yamagata (alumnus) Men’s 100m: Semi-final, 11th
Men’s 4x100m Relay: Silver medal

2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games

Sport Name Event and Result
Athletics Saki Takakuwa (alumna) Women’s 100m (T44): 8th
Women’s 200m (T44): 7th
Women’s Long Jump (T44): 5th

2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi

First Keio student to compete in the Winter Olympics since Fumio Igarashi (figure skating) at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Narumi Takahashi paired with Ryuichi Kihara (Chukyo University) to compete in the new Team Figure Skating event in which Japan finished fifth.

Sport Name Event and Result
Figure Skating Narumi Takahashi (Student) Team Pair: 5th
Pair

2012 Games of the XXX Olympiad, London

Four Keio students and two Keio alumni competed in these Games. This was the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Games that Keio students had competed in the Olympics. It also ended a fifty two-year wait since the 1960 Rome Games for a Keio student to win a medal in an official event. This was the second Olympics in a row for equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu who further renewed his record as the oldest athlete to have competed for the Japanese team, participating at the age of 71.

Sport Name Event and Result
Swimming Ryo Tateishi (student) Men’s 100m Breaststroke
Men’s 200m Breaststroke: Bronze medal
Sailing Manami Doi (student) Women’s Laser Radial Class
Fencing Ryo Miyake (student) Men’s Foil Individual
Men’s Team Foil: Silver medal
Athletics Ryota Yamagata (student) Men’s 100m
Men’s 4x100m Relay: 5th (later upgraded to 4th)
Athletics Masato Yokota (Alumnus) Men’s 800m
Equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu (Alumnus) Equestrian Individual

2012 London Paralympic Games

Sport Name Event and Result
Athletics Saki Takakuwa (student) Women’s 100m (T44): 7th
Women’s 200m (T44): 7th
Women's Long Jump (F42/44)

2008 Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing

Hiroshi Hoketsu, the first equestrian to compete at the Olympics since the 1964 Tokyo Games, became a topic of conversation for setting what was then a record for the oldest athlete to compete for the Japanese team, participating at the age of 67. Yasuharu Sorimachi also took part as coach of the Japan national under-23 football (soccer) team.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu  
Equestrian Mieko Yagi  

2004 Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, Athens

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Baseball Yoshinobu Takahashi Bronze medal

2000 Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Athletics (Race Walking) Akihiko Koike  

1996 Games of the XXVI Olympiad, Atlanta

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Swimming Naoko Imoto (student) Women’s 800m Free Relay: 4th
Baseball Hideaki Okubo Silver medal

1994 XVII Olympic Winter Games, Lillehammer

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Speed Skating Yasunori Miyabe  

1992 XVI Olympic Winter Games, Albertville

Yasunori Miyabe, who also won the men’s all-round title in the All Japan Sprint Speed Skating Championships, competed at this Olympics, finishing fifth in the Men’s 500m.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Speed Skating Yasunori Miyabe Men’s 500m: 5th

1992 Games of the XXV Olympiad, Barcelona

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Baseball Masahito Kohiyama Bronze medal

1988 Games of the XXIV Olympiad, Seoul

A year earlier, Keio had won the All Japan University Baseball Championship Series. Tetsu Suzuki and Takeshi Omori took part in the baseball demonstration event.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Baseball (*) Tetsu Suzuki (*Demonstration Event) Silver medal
Baseball (*) Takeshi Omori (student) (*Demonstration Event) Silver medal

1984 Games of the XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Rowing Shunsuke Horiuchi  
Baseball (*) Kazuaki Ueda (student) (*Demonstration Event) Gold medal

1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Figure Skating Fumio Igarashi (student)  

1976 Games of the XXI Olympiad, Montreal

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Basketball Kiyohide Kuwata  
Equestrian Tsunekazu Takeda  

1972 XI Olympic Winter Games, Sapporo

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Skiing Masahiko Otsue  
Skiing Tomio Okamura (student)  
Skiing Cheng-Che Wang (Student) (*) (*Representing the Republic of China)

1972 Games of the XX Olympiad, Munich

The former Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda competed in the equestrian. Following Montreal, this was the second consecutive Games that he competed in.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Equestrian Tsunekazu Takeda  
Water Polo Naoto Minegishi (student)  

1968 X Olympic Winter Games, Grenoble

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Skiing Hitonari Maruyama  

1968 Games of the XIX Olympiad, Mexico City

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Soccer Hiroshi Katayama Bronze medal

1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad, Tokyo

Keio alumnus Yasutaka Matsudaira, who in 1998 was the first non-American to be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, took part as an assistant coach of the men’s volleyball team. The team won a bronze medal. Matsudaira was later appointed head coach, leading the team to another bronze medal at the Mexico City Games and a gold medal at the Munich Games.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Athletics Yojiro Muro  
Water Polo Hachiro Arakawa  
Water Polo Yoji Shimizu  
Gymnastics Takashi Ono Team Competition: Gold medal Horizontal Bar: 6th
Basketball Takashi Kiuchi (Masuda)  
Soccer Hiroshi Katayama  
Field Hockey Kunio Iwahashi  
Equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu  
Rowing Hajime Ishikawa  
Rowing Ryuichi Kikuchi (student)  
Rowing Naoji Sato (student)  
Rowing Osamu Mandai (student)  
Yachting Masayuki Ishii  
Yachting Saburo Tanamachi  
Yachting Takafumi Okubo (student)  

1960 Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome

Takashi Ono again played a big role following his performance at the Melbourne Games. He became the driving force behind Japan’s Team All-Round gold medal, having won gold in the Horizontal Bar and Vault, silver in the Individual All-Round, and bronze in the Parallel Bars and Rings.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Swimming Keigo Shimuzu (student) 400m Medley Relay: Bronze medal
Water Polo Takanao Sato  
Water Polo Takeshi Yamamoto  
Water Polo Yoji Shimizu (student)  
Gymnastics Takashi Ono Team All-Round, Horizontal Bar, Vault: Gold medal
Individual All-Round: Silver medal
Parallel Bars, Rings: Bronze medal
Floor Exercises: 4th Pommel Horse: 6th
Gymnastics Kiyoko Ono Team All-Round: 4th
Basketball Takashi Kiuchi (Masuda; student)  
Yachting Masayuki Ishii  
Yachting Setsuo Kawada  
Field Hockey Ken Ijima  
Field Hockey Kunio Iwahashi (student)  

1956 Games of the XVI Olympiad, Melbourne

In Gymnastics, Takashi Ono, who was competing in his fourth consecutive Games including Helsinki when he participated as a student of the Tokyo University of Education, gave a remarkable performance in which he won five medals including gold in the Horizontal Bar.
In Rowing, a crew from Keio University competed in the Eight. The brave fight put up by the famed boat “KEIO” assisted by the Faculty of Engineering ultimately came up short as the crew was brought to tears in the semi-finals. The untold story of the Keio Eight was published on August 1, 2004, in the August/September edition of Mita-hyoron, the official monthly journal published by Keio University Press.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Swimming Hideo Ninomiya (student)  
Wrestling Saburo Nakao (student)  
Rowing Sadahiro Sunaga (student)  
Rowing Toshiji Eda (student)  
Rowing Junichi Kato (student)  
Rowing Masao Hara (student)  
Rowing Yasuhiko Takeda (student)  
Rowing Takashi Imamura (student)  
Rowing Yoshiki Hiki (student)  
Rowing Yasukuni Watanabe (student)  
Rowing Yozo Iwasaki (student)  
Rowing Toru Sasaki (student)  
Soccer Tadao Kobayashi (student)  
Soccer Isao Iwabuchi (student)  
Gymnastics Takashi Ono (student) Horizontal Bar: Gold medal
Individual All-Round, Pommel Horse, Team Competition: Silver medal
Parallel Bars: Bronze medal Rings: 5th
Basketball Tetsuro Noborisaka (student)  

1952 Games of the XV Olympiad, Helsinki

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Rowing Kosuke Matsuo (student)  
Rowing Ryuji Goto (student)  
Rowing Kazuo Kanda (student)  
Rowing Tamotsu Kogure (student)  
Rowing Toshiya Takeuchi (student)  
Wrestling Yushu Kitano (student) Freestyle Flyweight: Silver medal
Gymnastics Tetsumi Nabeya (student) Team Competition: 5th
Fencing Shinichi Maki  

1936 IV Olympic Winter Games, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Figure Skating Tsugio Hasegawa (student)  
Figure Skating Zenjiro Watanabe (student)  
Ice Hockey Masahiko Fujino  
Ice Hockey Shinkichi Kamei (student)  
Ice Hockey Kenichi Furuya (student)  

1936 Games of the XI Olympiad, Berlin

The performances of the Japanese swimming team were once more outstanding at this Olympics, with Keio University’s Noboru Terada winning gold in the 1500m Freestyle and Reizo Koike winning bronze in the 200m Breaststroke.
Additionally, in Athletics, Keio University’s Sueo Oe and Waseda University’s Shuhei Nishida tied for second and third with the same record in the Pole Vault after a grueling five-hour duel. A famous anecdote from the time is that upon their return to Japan the two cut their respective medals in half and made “friendship medals” from combining the two halves of each other’s medals together.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Athletics Bunta Suzuki (student)  
Athletics Keiji Imai (student)  
Athletics Sueo Oe (student) Pole Vault: Bronze medal
Athletics Tetsuo Imai  
Swimming Yasuji Miyazaki (student)  
Swimming Yasuhiko Kojima (student) 100m Backstroke: 6th
Swimming Reizo Koike (student) 200m Breaststroke: Bronze medal
Swimming Noboru Terada (student) 1500m Freestyle: Gold medal
Water Polo Koichi Wada (student)  
Water Polo Saburo Takahashi (student)  
Field Hockey Takehiko Yanagi (student)  
Field Hockey Yasuo Ueno (student)  
Field Hockey Michihiro Ito (student)  
Field Hockey Shunkichi Hamada  
Soccer Tokutaro Ukon (student)  
Gymnastics Hiroshi Nosaka (student)  
Yachting Minoru Takarabe  

1932 III Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Figure Skating Ryuichi Obitani  

1932 Games of the X Olympiad, Los Angeles

At this Games, Keio University sent a total of 28 athletes and staff, foremost of which was athlete team leader Ryozo Hiranuma who is known as the father of civic sports in Japan.
Among the members of the swimming team that made it known to the world that Japan was a kingdom for swimming by winning gold medals in five out of the men’s six events, was Tatsugo Kawaishi from Keio University who won a silver medal competing in the 100m Freestyle. In addition, Keio University, to which hockey can trace its roots as the first school in Japan to play the sport in 1906, sent Masuyuki Asakawa, Shunkichi Hamada, and Eiichi Nakamura as members of the Japanese team that competed as one of three countries participating, going on to win silver behind India after defeating the U.S.A.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Athletics Seiichiro Tsuda (student) Marathon: 5th
Athletics Masamichi Kitamoto (student)  
Athletics Shoichiro Takenaka (student)  
Athletics Misao Ono (student)  
Athletics Izuo Anno (student) 400m Relay: 5th
Swimming Tatsugo Kawaishi (student) 100m Freestyle: Silver medal
Water Polo Tosuke Sawami (student) 4th
Water Polo Seibee Kimura (student) 4th
Rowing Shokichi Nanba (student)  
Rowing Rokuro Takahashi (student)  
Rowing Umetaro Shibata (student)  
Rowing Norio Ban (student)  
Rowing Daikichi Suzuki (student)  
Rowing Matayoshi Murayama (student)  
Rowing Shiro Kono (student)  
Field Hockey Masuyuki Asakawa (student) Silver medal
Field Hockey Shunkichi Hamada (student) Silver medal
Field Hockey Eiichi Nakamura (student) Silver medal

1928 Games of the IX Olympiad, Amsterdam

Seiichiro Tsuda was ranked in consecutive Games finishing 6th in this Olympics and 5th at the next Games in Los Angeles. He was able to fully draw on the ability that allowed him to win the 1500m, 5000m, and 10000m in the Japanese Championships.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Athletics Yoshio Miki  
Athletics Seiichiro Tsuda (student) Marathon: 6th
Swimming Kazuo Noda (student)  

1924 Games of the VIII Olympiad, Paris

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Tennis Takeichi Harada (student)  
Athletics Hiroshi Masuda (student)  

1920 Games of the VII Olympiad, Antwerp

This was the second Games that Japan participated in, with Ichiya Kumagai from Keio University competing in the tennis. Although there was stark difference in ability with athletes from around the world in other events, Kumagai became the first Japanese medalist after winning silver in the Singles as well as the Doubles, for which he partnered Seiichiro Kashio.

Sport Name Event and Result (8th or above)
Tennis Ichiya Kumagai Singles, Doubles: Silver medal.
Athletics Hiroshi Masuda (student)  

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