Sumo Wrestler Konishki. World Press photo. Fat. Japan. Wrestling, sports. Postcard. Published in Amsterdam.

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Sumo Wrestler Konishki. World Press photo. Fat. Japan. Wrestling, sports.

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Konishiki Yasokichi (born on December 31, 1963), is a Hawaiian-born Japanese–Samoan former sumo wrestler. He was the first foreign-born wrestler to reach ozeki, the second highest rank in the sport. During his career he won the top division championship on three occasions and came close to becoming the first foreign-born grand champion, or yokozuna, prompting a debate as to whether a foreigner could have the necessary cultural understanding to be acceptable in sumo's ultimate rank. At a typical fighting weight of 287 kg (630 lb) he was also the heaviest rikishi ever in sumo, earning him the nickname "The Dump Truck". Konishiki retained his ozeki ranking for 39 tournaments over more than six years, but he eventually lost it in November 1993 after two consecutive losing records. However, he continued to compete in the top maegashira division for another four years.

His weight continued to increase and he became susceptible to belt throws and slap downs by lighter and more agile opponents. Ironically, even though he enjoyed less success, he became progressively more popular with Japanese fans due to his fighting spirit, distinctive bulk, and amiable personality. In 2006, he played in the film Chekeraccho!! and also made a short cameo appearance in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. After sumo, he began to turn his talents to music, most notably with his collaboration with L-Burna on the song 'Livin Like Kings'. He often sings and raps in a mixture of English and Japanese. Konishiki can also play the ukulele.

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