Huge Athletes Are So Enormous, It’s Hard To Believe These Photos Are Real

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When it comes to sports, size does matter…usually. And these athletes win on sheer size alone. Let’s find out who is the largest athlete of all time, and how big they really are.

Konishiki Yasokichi – 633 lb

Officially the biggest rikishi ever to grace the world of sumo wrestling, Konishiki Yasokichi received nicknames such as “Dump Truck” and “Meat Bomb” because of his incredible peak weight of 633lb. Fans weren’t used to seeing foreigners (athletes from outside of Japan) succeeding in the sport. The man from Honolulu, Hawaii, didn’t need a professional personal fitness trainer to become so victorious. He won the top division three times and nearly became the first foreign yokozuna, or grand champion.

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Gheorghe Muresan – 7’7″

Although he wasn’t one of the most successful players in basketball history, you can tell that he attended many gym workout routines. At 7’7, Romanian Gheorghe Muresan is officially tied with Manute Bol as the tallest basketball player in the history of the NBA. However, the achievement doesn’t end there. Muresan is officially the tallest human being in the whole of the E.U. (European Union.) Also, did you know that he made a cameo in the music video for Eminem’s hit single “My Name Is”?

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Hafthor Julius “Thor” Bjornsson – 6’9″, 400 lb

These days, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is probably best recognized for his role as Ser Gregor Glegane aka The Mountain in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. However, before his character had numerous moments of sheer horror and violence on the show, Bjornsson actually starred in World’s Strongest Man. For six years in a row, the man from Reykjavik, Iceland has finished in the top three. Standing at 6ft 9in and weighing 400lbs, they don’t call him “The Mountain” for nothing. Bjornsson has obviously use his home gym equipment a lot!

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Maria Sharapova – 6’2″

People often forget that Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is actually one of the tallest female tennis players in the game. Born in Russia, she moved to the U.S. in the early 90s and since 2001, worked hard at her local gym and fitness center and has been a consistent fixture in the WTA tour. Her career can be summed up as somewhat of a paradox. Although her time on the court has been marred by numerous injuries, she has made multiple comebacks and is still playing professionally to this day.

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