Masaru Furukawa

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Masaru Furukawa (1956)

Masaru Furukawa ( Japanese古 川 勝, Furukawa Masaru ; born January 6, 1936 in Hashimoto , Wakayama Prefecture ; † November 21, 1993 ) was a Japanese swimmer .

At the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 he was Olympic champion over 200 meters chest . He also set ten world records during his career. The secret of his sporting success were the long diving phases, so that he was only seen over water at turns after every 50 meters. After his success at the Olympic Games, the rules were changed to the effect that these long periods of diving were banned in order to "not endanger the health of swimmers". Furukawa then ended his career.

In 1981 he was inducted into the international swimming pool 's hall of fame . Furukawa died of lung cancer on November 21, 1993.

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