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Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

Mar 26, 2014

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

The Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday formally promoted Mongolian-born ozeki Kakuryu to sumo’s highest rank in a unanimous vote to become the 71st yokozuna. His promotion was confirmed after the rankings for the summer basho in May were decided followed by a meeting of ...

Yokozuna council recommends Kakuryu for promotion

Mar 24, 2014

Yokozuna council recommends Kakuryu for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council unanimously recommended ozeki Kakuryu for promotion to sumo’s top rank on Monday after claiming his first career title at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu needed the nod from at least two-thirds of the council after lifting ...

Kakuryu beats Hakuho to close in on spring title

Mar 22, 2014

Kakuryu beats Hakuho to close in on spring title

Ozeki Kakuryu put himself in the driver’s seat for his first title and promotion to yokozuna on Saturday, when he defeated Hakuho to take the sole lead with a 13-1 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian ozeki entered the penultimate day ...

Spring title far from decided

Mar 21, 2014

Spring title far from decided

The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament took a twist on Friday when both yokozuna Harumafuji and Hakuho suffered defeats, throwing the door wide open in the title race with just two days remaining. Hakuho and promotion-chasing ozeki Kakuryu moved into a two-way tie for the ...

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Mar 20, 2014

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Ozeki Kakuryu took one giant leap forward in his quest for yokozuna promotion on Thursday, sending yokozuna Harumafuji to his first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title, took over as the sole leader as he ...

Kotooshu calls time on career

Mar 20, 2014

Kotooshu calls time on career

Kotooshu, the first European wrestler to ever win an Emperor’s Cup and achieve sumo’s second highest rank of ozeki, retired Thursday. The Bulgarian rikishi, whose real name is Karoyan Ando, submitted his retirement papers to the Japan Sumo Association the same day. He said ...

Two-man title chase continues

Mar 19, 2014

Two-man title chase continues

Harumafuji knocked the daylights out of Kisenosato while fellow yokozuna Hakuho ran roughshod over sekiwake Goeido as the undefeated pair remained in a two-way tie for the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Harumafuji and Hakuho lead with 11-0 marks while ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

Mar 18, 2014

Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

The three-way race for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament title remained intact on Tuesday as each yokozuna improved to 10-0 and ozeki Kakuryu moved to 9-1 on the 10th day of competition at Bodymaker Colosseum. Yokozuna Hakuho needed just 2.2 seconds to earn his ...

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Mar 17, 2014

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Promotion-chasing Kakuryu kept front-running yokozuna duo Hakuho and Harumafuji in his sights with an eighth win against Takayasu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kakuryu stood his ground as Takayasu attempted a throw after getting a firm grip on the belt, and ...

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Mar 16, 2014

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Rising star Endo turned the tables on Osunaarashi at the last second to send his opponent to a first defeat, leaving yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji in a two-way tie for the lead as the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked ...