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A Look at the Life and Career of Japanese Breaststroke Swimmer Masami Tanaka

Updated on September 3, 2018

A Few Photos of Former Breaststroke Swimmer Masami Tanaka

Masami Tanaka is enjoying a nice meal with many different foods on the table. She is about to have a spoonful of soup perhaps?
Masami Tanaka is enjoying a nice meal with many different foods on the table. She is about to have a spoonful of soup perhaps? | Source

Who is Masami Tanaka and Why is She Famous?

Masami Tanaka, a former Japanese breaststroke swimmer entered the world on January 5, 1979. A native of the island of Hokkaido, Tanaka is best known for her performance in the 4 X 100 meter medley during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She won the bronze medal with her teammates Mai Nakamura, Junko Onishi, and Sumika Minamoto. The medley is a relay event where each swimmer gets a turn to swim the length of the pool twice. They swim that length twice if it is a 100 meter event. She competed in three summer Olympic events starting with the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Masami started to swim at the young age of seven.

Masami Tanaka Early Career Success

Masami Tanaka had her first taste of success in swimming when she received a gold medal in 1997 at a long course event. But prior to this in 1994, she also became a champion at the 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke competitions. During the 200 meter breaststroke event in Sicily, Masami got what was then her first gold medal at the Summer Universiade. In 1998 at the Pan Pacific Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, she received a silver medal in the 200 meter breaststroke event. In that same year in Perth, Australia during the long course World Championships, Tanaka received a bronze medal for her efforts in the 4 X 100 meter relay.

Masami Tanaka Meets With Former Paralympic Swimmer Mayumi Narita

Masami Tanaka meets with swimmer Mayumi Narita during an event in which they announced which city eventually ended up qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Masami Tanaka meets with swimmer Mayumi Narita during an event in which they announced which city eventually ended up qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. | Source

Masami Tanaka Later Career and Retirement

But 1999 proved to be Masami’s best year for swimming. During the short course World Championships in Hong Kong, she received a gold medal in the 50, 100, and 200 meter breaststroke events. In addition, Masami Tanaka received a gold medal in the 4 X 100 meter medley relay. Four years later in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Tanaka got a 4th place finish in the 200 meter breaststroke event. She retired from swimming in 2005 and now works as a sports broadcaster. Masami Tanaka also has a very nice voice to go along with her slender, athletic body. In 2009, Tanaka was present at a conference in which they were announcing which cities would qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Headquarters in that year, they announced that the city of Tokyo had been eliminated as a potential city for the 2016 Summer Games by the second ballot.

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