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Estonian giant Baruto suffered what could be a fatal third loss in his bid to earn promotion to yokozuna, falling two wins off the pace at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and sekiwake Kakuryu each picked up victories to remain in a share of the lead with dueling 11-1 records with three days remaining at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

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