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Tomomi Tsuruta

Full name: Tomomi Tsuruta
Original name: 鶴田 友美
Nickname(s): Jumbo, The Terror of Yamanashi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-4 (194 cm)
Weight: 243 lbs (110 kg)
Born: March 25, 1951 in Higashiyamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan
Died: May 13, 2000 in Manila, Manila, Philippines
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Tomomi Tsuruta was All-Japan heavyweight champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman in 1971-72 but failed to win a match at the 1972 Olympics. He then turned professional and had one of the longest, most successful careers in Japanese professional wrestling. At his death, the Japanese press called him the strongest wrestler in the history of Japanese wrestling.

After turning pro Tsuruta was sent to Amarillo, Texas for training where he became a favorite of American crowds. On his return to Japan he was known as Jumbo Tsuruta, and his 26-year career saw him contest 3,329 bouts. His titles with All-Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) included three Triple Crown Heavyweight Championships, the NWA International Heavyweight Championship, the NWA United National Championship (five times), and the PWF World Heavyweight Championship. He also claimed multiple tag team titles.

Tsuruta had health problems for the last years of his life. He was diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 1992, and after that wrestled only exhibition or comedic matches. He retired in 1999 but was soon thereafter diagnosed with kidney cancer, and died shortly after a kidney transplant in 2000.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 21 München Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Japan JPN AC

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP
1972 Summer 21 München Wrestling Japan JPN Final Standings AC 1972-09-06 Eliminated r2/5 8,0
1972 Summer 21 München Wrestling Japan JPN Round Two 9T 1972-09-07 8,0
1972 Summer 21 München Wrestling Japan JPN Round Two Match #1 2 1972-09-07 Semeredi (YUG) fall (7:48), Tsuruta (JPN) 4,0
1972 Summer 21 München Wrestling Japan JPN Round One 7T 1972-09-06 4,0
1972 Summer 21 München Wrestling Japan JPN Round One Match #2 2 1972-09-06 Csatári (HUN) fall (6:46), Tsuruta (JPN) 4,0
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