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Yokozuna Hakuho took a big step toward his 30th career championship on Thursday, when he defeated ozeki Kotoshogiku to take the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The pair entered the 12th day of the 15-day tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium with identical 10-1 records. Kotoshogiku’s defeat left him one win off the pace and in a tie for second with yokozuna Kakuryu (10-2), who easily disposed of No. 4 maegashira Tamawashi (2-10) in the day’s final bout. Eleventh-ranked maegashira Takayasu also improved to 10-2.

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