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Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho relaunched his bid for a third consecutive title with a satisfying victory over Kisenosato on Wednesday, while Estonian ozeki Baruto also won handsomely to maintain his slender lead heading into the final stretch of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Kisenosato famously ended Hakuho’s 63-bout winning streak at the 2010 Kyushu Basho, but there was only ever going to be one winner in the day’s finale as the yokozuna quickly took control at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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