Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler, Died at 61


Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was born on June 1, 1955, and died on July 31, 2016.

He was born as Mitsugu Akimoto (秋元 貢 Akimoto Mitsugu?).

He was a Japanese champion sumo wrestler and the 58th yokozuna of the sport.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was the stable master of Kokonoe stable.

He was one of the greatest yokozuna of recent times, winning 31 yusho or tournament championships, second at the time only to Taihō.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was mostly remarkable for his longevity in sumo’s top rank, which he held for a period of ten years from 1981 to 1991.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was promoted at the age of twenty-six after winning his second championship, he seemed only to improve with age and won more tournaments in his thirties than any other wrestler, finally retiring in May 1991 just short of his thirty-sixth birthday.

Which was in contrast to most recent yokozuna who have tended to retire around 30.

Over the period of his 21-year professional career Chiyonofuji set records for most career victories (1045) and most wins in the top makuuchi division (807).

Which caused him to be listed by Guinness World Records Both of these records were later broken by Kaiō Hiroyuki.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu won the Kyushu tournament, one of the six annual honbasho, a record eight consecutive years from 1981 until 1988, and also set the record for the longest postwar run of consecutive wins (53 bouts in 1988).

His record stood for 22 years until Hakuhō broke it with his 54th straight win in September 2010.

During the sport where weight is often regarded as vital, Chiyonofuji was quite light at around 120 kg (260 lb).

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu relied on superior technique and muscle to defeat opponents. He was the lightest yokozuna since Tochinoumi in the 1960s.

In retirement, he became an elder of the Japan Sumo Association under the name Kokonoe-oyakata.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu passed away 61 years old.