2003 US SUMO OPEN – 3rd Annual

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2003   4:30pm
Manhattan Country Club, Los Angeles, CA

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photos: Chieko Hayashi

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2003 US SUMO OPEN OVERVIEW

The third annual US SUMO OPEN featured special guest, AKEBONO, and 31 sumo athletes from all over the world. Many of the 2002 champions met again in the final rounds, and once again, foreign teams dominated the event.
Athletes and fans alike were excited to meet yokozuna (grand champion) AKEBONO at the 2003 US SUMO OPEN. He demonstrated sumo, taught international teams, and commentated at the tournament. More

Sumo Clinic with AKEBONO

Saturday, August 2, 2003
Manhattan Country Club, Los Angeles

AKEBONO, now a professional sumo stablemaster in Japan, taught proper sumo ritual and technique at a sumo clinic for international sumo teams. It is very rare for a stablemaster to teach outside his own stable, so the athletes at the clinic got a very rare treat, including one-on-one coaching by the Grand Master himself. More

“SUMO EAST AND WEST” movie screening and Q&A with AKEBONO

Friday, August 1, 2003 — 7:00PM
Aratani/Japan America Theater, Los Angeles

A screening was held of the groundbreaking film showing professional Japanese sumo and international amateur sumo, including footage of AKEBONO. AKEBONO gave an exciting speech and answered audience questions after the screening. Fans of all ages kept calling out questions for half an hour until AKEBONO had to be pulled out for his next appearance. More

2003 US SUMO OPEN TOP ATHLETES

Barnabas Toth
5’11”   358 lbs
Hungary
Heavyweight Gold
Openweight Gold
Flo Kinslow
5’8″   160 lbs
Lebanon
Middleweight Gold
Openweight Gold
Mahshid Tarazi
5’6″   178 lbs
US – CA
Heavyweight Gold
Openweight Silver
Major Gyula
5’8″   253 lbs
Hungary
Middleweight Gold
Openweight Bronze
Troy Collins
6’2″   245 lbs
US – CA
Middleweight Bronze
Openweight Silver
Joe Davis
5’10”   187 lbs
US – CA
Lightweight Gold

2003 US SUMO OPEN RESULTS

  • 1st: Joe Davis
    5’10”
    187 lbs
    US – CA
    2nd: Tumur Baatar
    5’6″
    164 lbs
    Bulgaria
    3rd: Kevin Yonemoto
    5’9″
    161 lbs
    US – CA
  • 1st: Major Gyulai
    5’8″
    251 lbs
    Hungary
    2nd: Kena Heffernan
    6’0″
    250 lbs
    US – HI
    3rd: Troy Collins
    6’2″
    245 lbs
    US – CA
  • 1st: Barnabas Toth
    5’11”
    358 lbs
    Hungary
    2nd: Sonny Parsons
    5’9″
    402 lbs
    New Zealand
    3rd: Kelly Gneiting
    6’0″
    420 lbs
    US – ID
  • 1st: Barnabas Toth
    5’11”
    358 lbs
    Hungary
    2nd: Troy Collins
    6’2″
    245 lbs
    US – CA
    3rd: Major Gyula
    5’8″
    251 lbs
    Hungary
  • 1st: Flo Bannout-Kinslow
    5’8″
    160 lbs
    Lebanon
    2nd: Mahshid Tarazi
    5’6″
    178 lbs
    US – CA
    3rd: May Chung
    5’3″
    108 lbs
    Hong Kong

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