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Taihō Kōki
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Birth: May 29, 1940
Sakhalin Oblast, Russia
Death: Jan. 19, 2013
Tokyo Metropolis, Japan

Japanese Sumo Professional Wrestler. Born Koki Naya from Ukrainian father and whose original name was Ivan Boryshko, he is known for having been the first sumo wrestler to win two times six consecutive tournaments in the period following the World War II. Universally considered a legend among enthusiasts of this sport, Taiho Koki has been one of the strongest "Yokozuna" in the Japanese Sumo wrestling. He debuted in 1959 until to obtain the promotion to professional division of "Juryo", and in January 1960 had access in the "Makuuchi" having won the previous tournament between Juryo. In just five tournaments won three "Sansho", one "Kinboshi", the promotion to "Sekiwake", to "Ozeki", and in 1962, as Yokozuna obtains an number almost continuous of victories reaching the historical record, still unbeaten, of 32 Yusho. After his retirement from competitive sport for reasons of health, he founded the "Taih¨­ stable" and in 1977, after having suffered a stroke that forced him to move with a wheelchair and to a long period of rehabilitation, became the curator of the Sumo Museum at the Ry¨­goku Kokugikan. He has been the only Professional Wrestler to become an honorary member of the Japan Sumo Association and receive the "Person of Cultural Merit Award". Taih¨­ Koki passed away in hospital because of a heart attack. (bio by: Lucy & Chris) 
Created by: Lucy & Chris
Record added: Jan 19, 2013
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Taihō Kōki
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Taihō Kōki
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