Yokozuna Hakuho, who is aiming to become the only man to ever win seven consecutive titles for the second time, retained his prestigious position on the east wing for the eighth tournament in a row with the release of the new sumo rankings by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday.

Hakuho, who finished with a 14-1 mark at the Spring basho in March, remains at the throne for the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament kicking off May 10 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, where he will be a favorite to extend his all-time record to 35 career championships.

Fellow yokozuna Harumafuji and Kakuryu, who missed the entire tournament in March due to a left-shoulder injury, will sit on the west and east wings, respectively.