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.
- Masaru Furukawa in the International Swimming Hall of Fame (English)
- Masaru Furukawa in the Sports-Reference database (English; archived from the original )
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Japanese swimmer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 6, 1936|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hashimoto (Wakayama)|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 21, 1993|