Uruma at the 1932 Olympics
|Born||9 December 1902|
|Died||26 January 1999 (aged 96)|
|Club||Okaya Skating Association|
Tomeju Uruma (潤間留十, Uruma Tomeju, 9 December 1902 – 26 January 1999) was a Japanese speed skater who competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics. He was eliminated in the heats of the 500 m, 1500 m, 5000 m, and 10000 m events.
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