Who is Tommy Kono and why is there a Google Doodle in his honor?
Tamio “Tommy” Kono ( born June 27, 1930 , died April 24, 2016) was an American weightlifter and powerlifting champion in the 1950s and 1960s.
Tommy Kono set world records in four different weight classes: lightweight (149 pounds or 67.5 kilograms), middleweight (165 lb or 75 kg), light-heavyweight (182 lb or 82.5 kg), and middle-heavyweight (198 lb or 90 kg).
His path to greatness began in 1942 when the then-12-year-old Tommy Kono was forced into an internment camp during World War 2.
In 1952, approximately 10 years later, the American-born weightlifter Tamio Kono would earn a gold medal in the Olympic games for the United States, his first medal in a record-setting career.
He was Born on 27 June 1930 at Sacramento, California, United States. He died on 24 April 2016 at Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.
Tommy Kono, who turned Pro in 1952, had the following stats:
Height: 1.67 m
Weight: 67–81 kg (148–179 lb)