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Hakuho continued to defy time, as well as a host of up-and-coming young fighters, winning the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a 14-1 record. That came two months after he took the Summer Basho without a loss.

The man who in the spring was being called washed-up, now stands alone in the sumo record books with 1,050 victories, and just one tournament short of 40 Emperor’s Cups. To put that in perspective, if Hakuho retired today and Aminishiki, (the active rikishi with the second most career wins) went unbeaten for the next two years taking 14 straight yusho (championships) 15-0, he still wouldn’t catch Hakuho in wins or be halfway to his number of titles. Indeed one could spend an entire column listing the various incredible stats Hakuho has compiled to date, so good has the yokozuna been for so long.

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