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Yokozuna Hakuho crossed the first hurdle without incident in his bid to become only the third wrestler in sumo’s history to win 30 Emperor’s Cup titles on the first day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.

Kakuryu, fighting in his second meet at sumo’s top rank, saw off Ikioi while Harumafuji, the other yokozuna, steamrolled Bulgarian-born Aoiyama in the penultimate bout.

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