Late Tamio "Tommy" Kono was born on June 27, 1930, in Sacramento, California. He was a very famous Japanese-American weightlifter who set the world records in four different weight classes as a light heavyweight (182 lb or t (149 pounds or 67.5 kilograms), middleweight (165lb/75kg), light heavyweight (182 lb or 82.5 kg), and middle-heavyweight (198 lb/90 kg).
Kono was born in a Japanese family. He had fragile health since his childhood, like asthma. His friends and neighbors were the ones who introduced him to weightlifting. But sadly, he died at the age of 85 years on April 24, 2016.
Tommy has won the national title, a gold medal at the Olympic Games held in Helsinki, Finland. He has also earned several championships as a middleweight and a light heavyweight. To know more about his early life and net worth, have a glance below.
What is the Net Worth of Tommy Kono?
Tommy Kono's net worth has not been revealed as it is estimated between $1 million - $5 million. He has done weightlifting all his life and is well-known for his outstanding performances on various national and international platforms.
Tommy Kono's net worth is estimated between $1 million - $5 million. Photo Source: Wikipedia
Kono was the best weightlifter of the nineteenth generation. He was a very successful bodybuilder as well. After his retirement, Tommy started to coach the weightlifting team's newcomers for the Mexican 1968 Summer Olympics and West German 1972 Summer Olympics. After that, he became the head coach to train the United States Olympics weightlifting team for the 1976 Summer Olympics.
How Was the Early Life of Tommy Kono?
Tommy Kono(June 27, 1930 - April 24, 2016) was born in Sacramento, California, in a Japanese family. He had asthma in his childhood which was cured with the help of the desert air. He got married to his wife Florence in 1962.
Tommy Kono died on April 24, 2016. Photo Source: The Post Game
As mentioned above, weightlifting was introduced by his neighbors and friends when Tommy and his family were staying in the Japanese internment camp from 1942 to 1945, which was held during World War II. At first, he started weightlifting to keep his body in good shape and distract from various things. But by time in 1952, he became the most precious gem of the US National weightlifting team because of his ability to not losing the strength whether the weight increased or decreased.
Kono was graduated from Sacramento High School and joined Sacramento Junior College for higher education. He had also worked for the California Department for Motor Vehicles. He was married to Florence Rodriguez, a native of Honolulu.
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