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Former sumo grand champion Taiho dies at 72

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:37 a.m. HST, Jan 19, 2013

TOKYO >> Former sumo grand champion Taiho, whose 32 championships are the most in the history of Japan's ancient sport, has died at age 72.

Taiho, who real name was Koki Naya, died of heart disease Saturday afternoon at a Tokyo hospital, the Japan Sumo Association announced.

Taiho won 32 Emperor's Cups in a sumo career that started in 1956 and lasted until 1971.

Chiyonofuji, who retired in 1991, has the second most championships with 31. Mongolian Hakuho leads all current wrestlers with 23 Emperor's Cups.

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Bdpapa wrote:
I remember Taiho. He was the greatest, at that time. Anyone remember watching him on black and white TV on the Japanese Channel. It was really exciting and listening to the ref funny too.
on January 19,2013 | 07:07AM
bumbye wrote:
Taiho was a little before my time, but I'd watch Ozumo Digesto in the 70s with my dad and remember lots of wrestlers. Later, the Hawaii guys did great too. Who do you think would win -- Chiyonofuji or Taiho, both in their prime?
on January 19,2013 | 10:41AM
Bdpapa wrote:
If i remember Chiyonofuji was bigger. I think he could beat Taiho.
on January 19,2013 | 11:53AM
niimi wrote:
I wonder how much longer Sumotori would live if they ate brown rice instead?
on January 19,2013 | 11:31AM
Grimbold wrote:
Sumo is an unhealthy sport. These men just sacrify for the thrill of crude spectator emotions.
on January 19,2013 | 10:30PM
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