This empowered Filipina sumo-wrestler is breaking barriers in the ring

CARSON, CA — In celebration of International Women’s Day, here’s a unique story of girl power in the sports world.

22-year-old Jessica Hartlein is pushing herself to the limit as an athlete. But the pint-sized Pinay is doing it in a unique playing field — actually a sumo ring.

The lifelong martial artist, found herself in the ring as she was trying to score tickets to the annual US Sumo open.

The rules of this giant sport are simple — throw your opponent to the ground, or out of the ring.

At 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, Hartlein is still 33 pounds under the limit — but it’s not stopping her.

It’s proof that what she may lack in body size, she makes up for it with heart.

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