Yoshinobu Oyakawa, born on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawai’i, was a swimming star at Hilo High School and Ohio State. He won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He was the last of the great “straight-arm-pull” backstrokers.

Oyakawa, along with Ford Konno, were voted captains of the 22 member 1956 U.S. Men’s Olympic Swim Team.

He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

BORN 1933

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