Hakuho and Kakuryu remained on a collision course as both yokozuna extended their unbeaten records with comfortable victories at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.
The Mongolian pair stayed tied for the lead at 8-0 in the 15-day meet, one ahead of up-and-coming countryman Ichinojo and feisty ozeki Kisenosato.
In the day’s last bout, Hakuho had another easy day at the office, quickly getting both arms around Jokoryu (2-5) and bulldozing the komusubi out to stay on track for a third straight Emperor’s Cup.
Another championship win here would move Hakuho within one title of the all-time record of 32 held by legendary yokozuna Taiho.
Kakuryu barely broke a sweat in the preceding bout, getting right in the face of Toyonoshima and easily thrusting the No. 2 maegahira down for the win.
Toyonoshima has no wins, five losses and three rest days due to injury. He pulled out of the meet with a knee problem on the second day of the tournament before returning on Friday.
Kisenosato kept the front-running yokozuna duo in his sights with win No. 7, methodically working sekiwake Takekaze out to a fourth loss.