Akinoumi Setsuo

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安藝ノ海 節男
Akinoumi Setsuo
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Personal information
Born Setsuo Nagata
(1914-05-30)May 30, 1914
Hiroshima, Japan
Died March 25, 1979(1979-03-25) (aged 64)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 127.5 kg (281 lb)
Career
Stable Dewanoumi
Record 209-101-38
Debut February 1932
Highest rank Yokozuna (May 1942)
Retired November, 1946
Championships 1 (Makuuchi)
1 (Jonokuchi)
Gold Stars 1 (Futabayama)
* Up to date as of August 2007.

Akinoumi Setsuo (安藝ノ海 節男, May 30, 1914 – March 25, 1979) was a sumo wrestler from Hiroshima, Japan. He was the sport's 37th yokozuna.

Career[edit]

Akinoumi made his professional debut in February 1932 and reached the top makuuchi division in January 1938. He was the man who ended Futabayama's record 69 bout winning streak in January 1939. As he was only ranked as a maegashira at the time, it was regarded as an enormous upset. He defeated the yokozuna by sotogake, an outer leg trip. His only top division championship came in May 1941 when he was ranked as a sekiwake. He earned promotion to yokozuna in May 1942 after two runner-up performances. Akinoumi was not a particularly successful yokozuna, lasting only eight tournaments at the rank and not managing to win any further championships. He is arguably better remembered for his victory over Futabayama than his exploits as a grand champion.[1]

He married the daughter of Dewanoumi Oyakata, the former yokozuna Tsunenohana, but was unfaithful to her, his geisha mistress giving birth the same day that his wife did.[1] They were later divorced.

Retirement from sumo[edit]

Akinoumi retired in November 1946, and became an elder of the Sumo Association with the name of Fujishima, but left the sumo world in January 1955.[2] He later remarried.

Top division record[edit]

  • Through most of the 1930s and 1940s only two tournaments were held a year, and in 1946 only one was held.
Akinoumi Setsuo[3]
- Spring
Haru basho, Tokyo
Summer
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Autumn
Aki basho, Tokyo
1938 West Maegashira #16
8–5
 
West Maegashira #10
9–4
 
Not held
1939 West Maegashira #3
6–7
East Maegashira #4
10–5
 
Not held
1940 West Sekiwake
10–5
 
West Sekiwake
14–1
 
Not held
1941 East Ōzeki
12–3
 
East Ōzeki
9–6
 
Not held
1942 West Ōzeki
13–2
 
West Ōzeki
13–2
 
Not held
1943 East Yokozuna
12–3
 
West Yokozuna
11–4
 
Not held
1944 Sat out due to injury West Yokozuna
5–5
 
Sat out due to injury
1945 Not held East Yokozuna
6–1
 
East Yokozuna
4–6
 
1946 Not held Not held East Yokozuna
Retired
0–0–13
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Key:  =Kinboshi(s);   d=Draw(s) (引分);   h=Hold(s) (預り)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sharnoff, Lora (1993). Grand Sumo. Weatherhill. ISBN 0-8348-0283-X. 
  2. ^ "Akinoumi Setsuo Kabu History". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Akinoumi Setsuo Rikishi Information". Sumo References. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 

External links[edit]

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