Skinny Konishiki

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Two or three weeks back, I saw Konishiki on a talk show. He wrestled 20 years ago and was about 100 kg heavier than the next largest sumo wrestler. Tipping the scales at over 300 kg made him the heaviest rikishi in history.

His struggles to lose weight after retirement have been the source of many news stories. A couple times he just gave up and went on as a mountain of a man. Last year he went through gastric bypass surgery and a quick search on the internet showed him at 230 kg last Fall, still excessively heavy but an impressive change.

On the TV program, he looked like a different man. I didn’t catch how much more weight he has lost, but it must be substantial. He had some interesting contracts on kids shows because of the contrast between a 15 kg tot and a 300 kg athlete. I hope he finds other work to replace those shows.

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2 Responses to “Skinny Konishiki”

  1. zotasansai Says:

    The Hawaii sumo boys really were great for the sport
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/hawaii-sumo-champs-musashimaru-konishiki-and-akebono/

  2. びっくり Says:

    Indeed they did wonders for the sport and then the Mongols came in and continued the popularity building. Of course we’ve had a few scandals recently that are hurting things. I hope the sport recovers quickly.

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