Sacramento weightlifting legend Tommy Kono passed away at the age of 85, Sunday afternoon in Hawaii.
Kono was the most decorated American Weightlifter in the history of the sport. He won two Olympic Gold Medals and a Silver medal, and six World Championship Titles between 1952 and 1960. He set 27 world records in four different weight classes during his career.
Kono also won three consecutive gold medals at the Pan American Games, in 1955, 1959 and 1963.
Tommy Kono was born in Sacramento in 1930 and learned the sport of weightlifting when his family was incarcerated at the Tule Lake interment camp during World War II.
"This is a sad day for all those that adored Tommy and learned from his giving heart throughout his amazing life. He was an Olympians Olympian," the USA Weightlifting organization said in a statement. "Pound-for-pound, Kono is probably the greatest lifter produced by the United States."
Kono also competed as a body-builder. He won a “Mr. World” and three “Mr. Universe” Titles.
He graduated from Sacramento High School.
According to his family, Kono passed away on Sunday from complications of liver cirrhosis.