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Sign of Glory

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  • Japan's First Gold Medal (Mikio Oda/Men's Triple Jump)
  • Japan's First Gold Medal (Mikio Oda/Men's Triple Jump)
    The 9th Olympiad in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) /1928

  • Japan’s first gold medal was earned by Mikio Oda in the men’s triple jump event in the Amsterdam Games, with a 15.21 meter performance. The long-awaited winning medal was achieved 16 years after Japan first took part in the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm in 1912.

    Prior to the Amsterdam Games the International Olympic Committee held a competition to determine the design of the medals and the entry submitted by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Cassioli was selected. His design was used until the 27th Olympiad in Sydney, 2000.

  • The “Friendship Medal” of Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe (Pole Vault)
  • The “Friendship Medal” of Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe (Pole Vault)
    The 11th Olympiad in Berlin (Germany) /1936

  • Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe both competed in the pole vault event at the Berlin Games. Nishida cleared 4.25 meters on his first try and so did Oe on his second try. There was no rule at the time for determining a winner when two competitors tied for the same height, and the Japanese team chose to award the silver medal to Nishida and the bronze to Oe. Upon learning the outcome at the awards ceremony, Nishida sympathized with his team mate. Once back in Japan, the two athletes had their medals cut in half and had the pieces spliced together to produce two new “friendship medals,” half in silver and half in bronze. The medal now in the Museum belonged to Sueo Oe.

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