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Baruto is building his case as the man standing between Hakuho and his third consecutive championship title — and the Estonian ozeki hasn’t looked this dominant since his debut at sumo’s second-highest rank.

Baruto overpowered rank-and-filer Kitataiki on Sunday to remain undefeated with an 8-0 record in a share of the lead with the lone yokozuna as the second week of the 15-day basho kicked off in front of another full house at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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