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Having waited years to reach sumo’s pinnacle, Kisenosato enters the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament looking for his second championship as yokozuna and his third in a row.

The 30-year-old enters the May 14-28 tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan holding the top east slot among the four-man yokozuna corps. It is the first time for a Japanese wrestler to enter a grand tournament in pole position since 2001 when then-yokozuna Takanohana was named to the top east post for the Nagoya tourney.

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