Fiamalu Penitani, known as sumotori Musashimaru, was encouraged by success
in Greco-Roman wrestling in high school and began his competitive career
as a sumotori in 1989 and became a professional in 1991.
He quickly moved up the ranks by earning a majority of wins for 52 consecutive
tournaments, and in 1999 became only the second foreign-born yokozuna
(grand champion) and the 67th sumotori to attain the rank of yokozuna in
the history of the ancient Japanese sport.
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