08.05.

1969: Akebono – The First Yokozuna of Non-Japanese Descent

1969: Akebono – The First Yokozuna of Non-Japanese Descent
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Akebono is one of the tallest and heaviest sumo wrestlers in history. At the time he was active, he was 203 cm tall and weighed 235 kg.

Akebono Tarō was born on this day in 1969. He was the first non-Japanese person to attain the title of yokozuna, which is the highest rank in that sport. Akebono was born in Hawaii, as a U.S. citizen. His father was of Hawaiian and Irish origin, while his mother was Hawaiian-Cuban. Akebono’s birth name was Chad Haaheo Rowan, but he changed it to Akebono Tarō upon taking Japanese citizenship.

Akebono is one of the tallest and heaviest sumo wrestlers in history. At the time he was active, he was 203 cm tall and weighed 235 kg. Some consider his long legs a disadvantage, but he managed to compensate by his strength, mass, and technique. Akebono Tarō became a yokozuna in 1993 and held the title until 2002, which is something quite rare in that sport.

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