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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January, 2004, 12:24 GMT
Japan sumo star weds
Former sumo wrestler Konishiki, left, and his wife, Chie Iijima
Konishiki (L) weighed more than a quarter of a ton as a wrestler
Japan's heaviest ever sumo wrestler, Hawaii-born Konishiki, has married his girlfriend of two years, a former medical worker.

Konishiki registered his marriage to 28-year-old Chie Iijima on Wednesday, his talent agency said. The couple appeared at a press conference on Monday to announce the news.

The former wrestler, 40, is famous for becoming the first ever foreigner to attain the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki.

Since retiring from sumo in 1997 he has worked as a TV celebrity.

During his sumo career, Konishiki weighed a massive 275kg.




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