Legacy of a Little Giant: Honoring the Life of the ‘World’s Strongest Child’ in Sumo (Video)

Khatokhov was examined by a British doctor Ian Campbell, who in 2009 warned that his life expectancy was likely to be greatly reduced, as a result of being so heavy so young. Life-sized sculpture unveiled of Timothee Chalamet as Willy Wonka. A sumo wrestler who was dubbed the “world’s strongest kid” as a three-year-old child has died, aged just 21.

Dzhambulat Khatokhov became a fighter in his native Russia after first coming to fame at the age of three when he was hailed as the strongest and heaviest child on the planet.

As a boy he became known around the world and featured in several TV documentaries amid deep concern for his weight and health.

The cause of death has not been disclosed but reports say he had suffered from acute kidney problems.

His passing was announced by Betal Gubzhev, 29, the president of Sumo and Mass Wrestling Federation of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Russian region where he lived.

Dzhambulat Khatokhov aged 3 lifting 2.7 stones
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east2west news)

At the age of six, he weighed 15 stone and wore men’s shoes, size ten.

By nine, the boy – known as Dzhambik or Jambik but nicknamed Gladiator by his schoolmates – weighed 23 st 2lb, more than the combined total of four classmates.

His mother Nelya, a nurse, then 42, hit back at the time in the international media at claims she was neglecting the health of her child.

Dzhambulat Khatokhov when he was 19 years old
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Newsflash)

“He is just growing — upwards and outwards,” she said.

“What can I do about it? This is who he is, this is how God created him,” she said.

As a baby his prams required reinforced wheels after five of them broke.

At birth he had weighed a typical 6lb 6oz but by his first birthday he was more than two stone.

Dzhambulat Khatokhov, 3 years 8 months old in spot hall of Teek city
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Beliakov Dimitry)

Called the world’s “fattest kid” in the media, he was examined by a British doctor Ian Campbell who warned in 2009: “Jambik’s health is dire.

“His weight means he has a greatly increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

“As a result of being so heavy so young, his life expectancy is likely to be greatly reduced.”

But his mother said she had taken him to local and Moscow doctors and that none of them could find any medical problem causing his excess weight.

Dzhambulat Khatokhov once dubbed the world’s heaviest child died aged 21 in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria
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east2west news)

“None of them discovered anything. When he was five I took him to Moscow clinics where we did all the available tests, organ scans and tests on hormones.

“But these showed he’s absolutely healthy and his heart, liver and everything else is proportional to his size. They say he is healthy so I don’t worry. I believe he’ll live a long and happy life.”

She angrily denied putting him on steroids, but encouraged him being called the “world’s strongest boy”.

She hit back at her critics: ”Do people think I am a killer? Can they really suggest that a mother can do this to her child?

“Look at his medical record.

“Do they think I started feeding him with steroids when he was two months old? It’s preposterous. I love my son and I will not do anything to harm his health.”

His first wrestling coach in Nalshik admitted it was hard to train him.

Khasan Teusvazhukov, 48, said: “He usually does running and gymnastics but I do not give him full exercises.

“He won’t be able to do most of these anyway because of his size.

When he was young his mother said: “He likes showing people how strong he is.

“It makes him a kind of superhero, a giant who can protect and care for everyone around. He likes to lift me or his brother around the place.”

At the age of six she said: “He eats normal portions, the same as his brother.

“He might ask for more if he’s really hungry but I never noticed he eats abnormally much.

“Maybe he eats a bit more than other kids his age, but he is bigger than them thought he never eats more than an adult man….

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