2-time Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies at 85

NEW YORK — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tommy Kono died April 24 in Honolulu due to complications from liver disease, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. He was 85. Kono won gold medals at the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 and in Melbourne in 1956, and captured six World Championship titles. He set 26 world, seven […]

Weightlifting legend began Olympic journey as World War II inmate

TOKYO — While many Olympic athletes can trace their path back to high school gyms or local playgrounds, weightlifting legend Tommy Kono began his journey to the Games in a most unlikely setting — a World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans. A six-time world champion and the only lifter to set world records […]

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