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Saint Louis Akebono Taro (曙太郎, Akebono Tarō, born May 8, 1969 as Chad Haaheo Rowan) is a retired sumo wrestler. Born in Waimānalo, Hawai'i, Akebono became the first foreign born wrestler ever to reach Yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo, on January 27, 1993. His name Akebono means “dawn” in Japanese.[1]

During his 13 years of sumo wrestling, Akebono won the Emperor's Cup a total of 11 times, with a record of 566-198 in the top division. Akebono's rivalry with the brothers, Takanohana and Wakanohana, led to the popularity of sumo on TV in the late 1980s and the early 1990s.[2]


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