Kentaro Kawatsu, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Kentaro Kawatsu


Date of Birth: 26-Sep-1914

Place of Birth: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 23-Mar-1970

Profession: swimmer

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Kentaro Kawatsu

  • Kentaro Kawatsu (?????, Kawatsu Kentaro, September 26, 1914 – March 23, 1970) was a Japanese swimmer who competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Kawatsu was a native of Hiroshima City, where his father was a physical education instructor at the predecessor of Hiroshima University.
  • In 1930, while still in middle school, Kawatsu set a new Japan record of 33.2 seconds for the 50-meter backstroke.
  • In 1932, while a student at Meiji University, he was selected for the Japanese Olympic team to the Los Angeles Olympics.
  • The team took the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 100 meter backstroke event, with Kawatsu winning the bronze medal.He subsequently participated in the 1934 Far Eastern Games held in Manila. Kawatsu committed suicide by burning himself to death on March 23, 1970.

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