Tommy Kono

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Tommy Kono
Tommy Kono in 2015
Personal information
Born(1930-06-27)June 27, 1930
Sacramento, California, U.S.
DiedApril 24, 2016(2016-04-24) (aged 85)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
ResidenceUnited States Hawaii
SportOlympic weightlifting
Event(s)Clean and press
Clean and jerk
Turned pro1952
Achievements and titles
World finals1953 gold medal
1954 gold medal
1955 gold medal
1957 gold medal
1958 gold medal
1959 gold medal
Olympic finals1952 gold medal
1956 gold medal
1960 silver medal

Tamio "Tommy" Kono (June 27, 1930 – April 24, 2016) was an American weightlifter in the 1950s and 1960s. Kono was the only Olympic weightlifter in history to have set world records in four different weight classes:[1] lightweight (149 pounds or 67.5 kilograms), middleweight (165 lb or 75 kg), light-heavyweight (182 lb or 82.5 kg), and middle-heavyweight (198 lb or 90 kg).

In 1993 Kono was elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[2] Kono was also an inductee to the Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen (A.O.B.S.) Hall of Fame.

Kono died on April 24, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii from complications of liver disease, aged 85.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. " Sports Biographies: Kono, "Tommy"". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  2. "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  3. Olympic weightlifter Kono dies at 85

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