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There have been a few rikishi in the history of sumo whose careers have been akin to supermassive black holes — so overwhelmingly dominant that nothing can escape their presence.

It can sometimes seem as if the achievements of virtually everyone who competed in the eras of Futabayama, Taiho and Hakuho might as well have not occurred, so overshadowed are they by what those legendary yokozuna accomplished.

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