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Record-chasing Mongolian powerhouse Hakuho retained the prestigious east yokozuna slot for the sixth meet in a row as the Japan Sumo Association released the rankings Wednesday for the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Hakuho will be aiming to surpass yokozuna legend Taiho and become the most successful yokozuna in sumo history with a 33rd career title at the Jan. 11-25 basho at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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