Chiyotenzan Daihachirō (born February 6, 1976 as Daihachirō Sumi) is a former sumo wrestler from Osaka, Japan. His highest rank was komusubi.
He was a premature baby, and had to spend more than a year and a half in an incubator.
Chiyotenzan made his professional debut in March 1991, joining the Kokonoe stable
that was then home to yokozuna Chiyonofuji
. He reached the second highest jūryō
division in January 1997, and the top makuuchi
division two years after that. He had an explosive start to his makuuchi
career, winning three special prizes
in his first three tournaments (the first wrestler ever to do so) and reaching the fourth highest rank of komusubi
in July 1999. However, that was to be his only tournament in the top ranks and his initial promise quickly faded. His last winning score
in the top division came in November 2001 and after suffering a fractured leg in the January 2002 tournamment he fell back to jūryō
in July 2002. Hampered by diabetes
, his fortunes slumped even further. After making a final appearance in the sekitori
ranks in November 2005, in January 2006 he was demoted to the unsalaried makushita
division, and in May 2007, to the fourth sandanme
division. He reappeared in makushita
in September 2007, but won only one match before withdrawing. By November he had fallen to sandanme
27, the second lowest rank ever held by a former sanyaku
Retirement from sumo
After losing his first bout in the January 2008 tournament, Chiyotenzan announced his retirement. He was unable to obtain an elder
position in the Japan Sumo Association
and has left the sumo world completely.
Top division record