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Ford Hiroshi Konno
is a former freestyle
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swimmer from the United States
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, who swam at McKinley High School
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(Hawaii) and the Ohio State University
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Konno set world records of 2:03.9 in the 200 m and 4:26.7 in the 400 m freestyle during 1954 college meets.
He won four medals at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games
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. In Helsinki, Finland, Konno won gold medals in the 1,500 m freestyle and the 4x200 m freestyle relay. His time of 18:30:3 in the 1,500 freestyle was an Olympic record. He also won a silver medal in the 400 m freestyle. In 1956, he won a silver in the 4x200 m freestyle relay. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
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Konno is married to fellow 1952 Olympic medalist Evelyn Kawamoto.