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Kakuryu’s first win against Hakuho in 21 previous match-ups last time out must have been just the spinach he needed for a death-defying encore performance on Monday.

The Mongolian sekiwake assumed his role as Popeye the Destroyer in an adrenalin-fueled showdown to knock the yokozuna out of sole possession of the lead in the day’s finale, throwing the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament into a four-way tie with six days remaining.

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