• Kyodo


Hakuho will appear in his 49th meet as yokozuna at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament to equal Takanohana for fourth on the all-time list as the rankings were released Monday for the Sept. 13-27 competition.

The 30-year-old Hakuho, who won his 35th title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in July with a 14-1 record, retained the top spot on the prestigious east wing for the 10th consecutive tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Mongolian compatriot Kakuryu, a yokozuna who challenged Hakuho for the title in Nagoya until the final day, will sit on the west wing.

Fellow mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji, who pulled out of the last basho with a right-elbow injury, is ranked third highest.

Georgian Tochinoshin will return to sumo’s fourth-highest rank of komusubi for the first time in 18 meets, having once fallen as low as 55th in the third-tier makushita.

Terunofuji, who went 11-4 in his ozeki debut in Nagoya, will be the highest ranked among the four ozeki ahead of Kisenosato, Goeido and Kotoshogiku, who narrowly avoided demotion last time with victory on the last day.

Daieisho is the only newcomer to makuuchi as 13th-ranked maegashira and will be the youngest in the top flight at 21.

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