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Tsunenohana Kan'ichi (常ノ花 寛市, November 23, 1896 – November 28, 1960) was a sumo wrestler from Okayama, Japan. He was the sport's 31st Yokozuna.

CareerEdit

He made his professional debut in January 1910 and reached the top makuuchi division in May 1917. He won his first top division championship in May 1921 from the rank of ōzeki, with a perfect record of ten wins and no losses. After his second championship in May 1923 and a runner-up spot in January 1924, he was promoted to yokozuna. He was to win eight more championships during his yokozuna career, including three in a row in 1927. He was much stronger than his competition and had no serious rivals. As result, turnout at tournaments was quite poor.[1] His last title came in March 1930. He fought his last bouts in May of that year and officially retired in October. His retirement came very suddenly, as he was at the height of his powers, and it left Miyagiyama as the only yokozuna.[1]

RetirementEdit

After retiring from active competition he was the seventh head of the Dewanoumi stable and from 1944 to 1957 was also the head of the Sumo Association. However, he was blamed for Sumo Association's problems and attempted to commit suicide by a sword and gas in May 1957. He was fortunately rescued but he retired from the head of the Sumo Association.[2]

Top division recordEdit

Template:End table*tournament actually held one month earlier
  • The wrestler's East/West designation, rank, and win/loss record are listed for each tournament[3]
  • A third figure in win-loss records represents matches sat-out during the tournament (usually due to injury)
  • an X signifies the wrestler had yet to reach the top division at that point in his career
January March May October
1917 x no tournament held West Maegashira #12 (6-3-1-hold) no tournament held
1918 East Maegashira #4 (5-4-1) no tournament held East Maegashira #1 (8-1-1) no tournament held
1919 East Sekiwake (6-3-1) no tournament held East Sekiwake (7-2-1hold) no tournament held
1920 East Sekiwake (6-1-1draw-1hold) no tournament held Sat out due to injury no tournament held
1921 West Ōzeki (9-1) no tournament held East Ōzeki (10-0) no tournament held
1922 East Ōzeki (7-2-1hold) no tournament held West Ōzeki (5-4-1draw) no tournament held
1923 East Ōzeki (4-4-2draws) no tournament held West Ōzeki (9-0-1draw-1hold) no tournament held
1924 West Ōzeki (8-2) no tournament held East Yokozuna (5-2-1-2draws-1hold) no tournament held
1925 East Yokozuna (0-2-9) no tournament held West Yokozuna (3-1-6-1draw) no tournament held
1926 West Yokozuna (11-0) no tournament held Sat out due to injury no tournament held
1927 West Yokozuna (7-4) West Yokozuna (10-1) West Yokozuna (10-1) East Yokozuna (10-1)
1928 Sat out due to injury West Yokozuna (10-1) West Yokozuna (11-0) West Yokozuna (9-2)
1929 East Yokozuna (4-4-3) Sat out due to injury East Yokozuna (10-1) East Yokozuna (8-3)*
1930 East Yokozuna (8-3) East Yokozuna (10-1) East Yokozuna (5-4) Retired
Green Box=Tournament Championship

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