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Olympic sleuthing finds Japan’s “1st medal” not what it seems

An Olympic medal held by a Tokyo gallery and also believed to be the initial won by a Japanese professional athlete was just recently found to be from a various occasion at the exact same video games, implying the place of Japan’s initial medal, won by tennis gamer Ichiya Kumagai, is unidentified.

The Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum and also Library has actually wrapped up that the silver medal from the 1920 Games in its collection is not Kumagai’s won in the males’s songs, instead it is that of Kumagai’s increases companion Seiichiro Kashio, gallery authorities claimed.

An Olympic silver medal held at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum and also Library. (Kyodo)

The set won the silver in the increases occasion at the exact same video games, yet after Kumagai asserted the songs medal, the gallery claimed.

The gallery’s examination located that Kumagai’s songs medal won on Aug. 23, 1920, at the video games in Antwerp, Belgium, is most likely long-missing.

It has actually changed details on its site to show the exploration, currently keeping in mind the medal in its collection is from the males’s increases.

The exploration followed the Japan Tennis Association asked about exactly how the gallery pertained to have the medal.

Records at the gallery revealed that the silver medal was given away in 1966 by Kumagai and also Kashio’s more youthful bro. Kashio passed away in 1962.

The gallery at the time shared its gratitude to Kashio’s brother or sister for the contribution of the medal, recommending that it was not the one granted to Kumagai in the songs competitors, the authorities claimed.

The gallery additionally located a news article from 1964 stating among Kumagai’s 2 silver medals was shed while he was returning from Belgium and also the various other was lent to somebody that never ever returned it.

The paper created that Kashio’s increases medal had actually been lost yet was located in 1963 at the residence of his moms and dads and also was after that provided to Kumagai, the authorities claimed.

According to the Japan Tennis Association, Kumagai’s boy Kazuo, 92, claimed his papa had actually shared remorse concerning the loss of the medal that was lent to somebody.



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