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The upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament marks 50 years since Takamiyama (Jesse Kuhaulua) became the first-ever foreign-born winner of the Emperor’s Cup.

That milestone event stood unmatched for 17 years — that is, until Konishiki’s victory in 1989 kick-started an era of regular foreign winners, which later morphed into total dominance by non-Japanese wrestlers with the arrival of the Mongolians.

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