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Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho suffered a stunning defeat to bogeyman Kisenosato on Friday, allowing compatriot Kakuryu to take sole possession of the lead heading into the final weekend of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Sekiwake Kakuryu kept his hopes of a maiden title alive with victory over ozeki Kotoshogiku at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium and found himself one win clear at 12-1 after Hakuho (11-2) lost the plot to a wrestler that has so often been a thorn in his side in recent years.

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