• Kyodo


Newly crowned champion Hakuho wrapped up the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a hard-fought victory over fellow yokozuna Harumafuji, winning the basho 15-0 for a record ninth time Sunday.

Hakuho had shared the career record for titles with a perfect mark with Futabayama and the late Taiho. But the Mongolian overtook the legends with a clinical uwatenage win in the day’s final bout against countryman Harumafuji, who ended up 9-6 — the second time he has finished in single digits in wins since being promoted to sumo’s highest rank in November.

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