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Surprise package Ichinojo claimed his second ozeki scalp in as many days to keep alive his hopes of winning the Emperor’s Cup on his debut in the top-flight makuuchi division at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.

The 10th-ranked maegashira broke up a stalemate and got his hands on the front of newly promoted ozeki Goeido’s (6-6) belt and nonchalantly tossed him off the ring to stay within one win of front-running yokozuna and fellow Mongolian Hakuho.

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