Chiyonofuji Mitsugu

Sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji Mitsugu

, born June 1, 1955, as Mitsugu Akimoto in Hokkaidō, Japan, is a former champion sumo wrestler and the 58th yokozuna of the sport. He is now the stable master of Kokonoe stable. Chiyonofuji was one of the greatest yokozuna of recent times, winning 31 tournament championships, second only to Taihō. He was particularly remarkable for his longevity in sumo's top rank, which he held for a period of ten years from 1981 to 1991.
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01 June 1955
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  • 2016
    Age 60
    Having reportedly told associates that the cancer had spread to his heart and lungs, he had been hospitalized since the fourth day of the Nagoya tournament in 2016.
    He chose not to run for a board position in the 2016 elections, citing a lack of support.
  • 2015
    Age 59
    On May 31, 2015, he marked his 60th birthday by performing the kanreki dohyō-iri at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan, becoming the tenth former yokozuna to do so.
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  • 2012
    Age 56
    He returned in the January 2012 elections as the Operations director (the second most senior position in the Association's hierarchy), but was unseated two years later.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    In February 2008, he joined the board of directors of the Japan Sumo Association, where he was responsible for organising the regional tours or jungyō, but he had to resign in April 2011 after his wrestler Chiyohakuhō admitted involvement in match-fixing and retired from sumo.
  • 1991
    Age 35
    Following his retirement from the ring in May 1991, Chiyonofuji inherited the elder name of Jinmaku; then in 1992 he purchased the Kokonoe stable from Kitanofuji and the two exchanged their elder names (Jinmaku and Kokonoe).
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    In the opening tournament of 1991, Chiyonofuji surpassed Kitanoumi's record of 804 top division wins but injured himself on the second day and had to withdraw.
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    He finally retired in May 1991, just short of his thirty-sixth birthday.
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  • 1990
    Age 34
    In March 1990, he secured his 1000th win.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    In September 1989 Chiyonofuji surpassed Ōshio's record of 964 career wins and became the first sumo wrestler to receive the People's Honour Award from the Japanese Prime Minister.
    In July 1989 he took his 28th championship in a playoff from his stablemate Hokutoumi, marking the first time ever that two yokozuna from the same stable had met in competition.
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  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988, he went on a winning streak of 53 bouts, the third longest in sumo history second to current yokozuna Hakuhō's 63, and Futabayama's all-time record of 69.
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  • 1986
    Age 30
    In 1986 he won five out of the six tournaments held, the first time this had been done since Kitanoumi in 1978.
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  • 1985
    Age 29
    But Kitanoumi retired in January 1985, with the aging Takanosato following a year later, and Chiyonofuji resumed his dominance.
  • 1983
    Age 27
    He was restricted to just one championship in the nine tournaments held from May 1983 to September 1984.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    As his rival Kitanoumi went into a long slump, Chiyonofuji dominated sumo in 1982, winning four of the six tournaments.
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  • 1981
    Age 25
    He was to win the Kyushu tournament eight consecutive years from 1981 to 1988, a record dominance of any of the six honbasho.
    Also as an ōzeki he scored well in the following three tournaments to July 1981, where he again defeated Kitanoumi and won his second title.
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    As a sekiwake, he scored 11–4 in November, and in January 1981 he scored 14–1, losing only one regular match to dominating yokozuna Kitanoumi, and then defeated him in the subsequent playoff to win a top makuuchi division title for the first time.
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  • 1980
    Age 24
    Showing much more consistency, he earned three kinboshi (i.e. defeated yokozuna in three regular matches) in total in March and July 1980 tournaments, where he also got technique prizes (Ginō-shō).
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  • 1979
    Age 23
    In 1979, due to his shoulder trouble, Chiyonofuji briefly fell to the second division, but he soon came back to the top division.
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  • 1978
    Age 22
    He finally won promotion back to the top division in January 1978.
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  • 1974
    Age 18
    He reached the second highest jūryō division in November 1974, and was promoted to the top makuuchi division in September 1975.
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  • 1971
    Age 15
    A 32nd tournament title would have tied the record set by Taihō in 1971, but his 31st championship in November 1990 proved to be his last.
  • 1970
    Age 14
    Chiyonofuji began his career in September 1970.
  • 1955
    Born on June 1, 1955.
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