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Ozeki Kisenosato’s bid to reach the highest rank of yokozuna is already in jeopardy after the first day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, falling to top-ranked maegashira Okinoumi on Sunday, when yokozuna Kakuryu also suffered defeat.

Kisenosato, bidding for the fourth time to earn promotion to yokozuna, has been tasked by the Yokozuna Deliberation Council with seizing an elusive first championship. He entered the 15-day tournament with somewhat brighter hopes after yokozuna Hakuho, who has won a record 37 titles, pulled out with injuries.

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