- Category : Sports-Weightlifting
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (46,48)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 2
American weightlifter in the 1950s and 1960s.
Kono is the only Olympic weightlifter in history to have 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).
Kono was a gold medalist at both the 1952 Summer Olympics and 1956 Summer Olympics, and a silver medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Kono won the World Weightlifting Championships 6 consecutive times from 1953 to 1959, and set a total of 21 world records. Kono is also a 3 time Pan American Games champion in 1955, 1959, and 1963.
In 1976, Kono was head coach of the United States' Olympic weightlifting team in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Kono was also a successful Bodybuilder, winning the Iron Man Mr. World title in 1954. In the 1970s Kono moved to Hawaii, where he has lived ever since. On his home visits he holds workshops in weightlifting.
In 1993 Kono was elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.