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Sekiwake Shodai withstood a spirited challenge from rookie Tobizaru at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday to claim his first top-division championship.

With yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu missing the entire 15-day tourney through injury, the 28-year-old Shodai took control of the title race with back-to-back wins over ozeki Takakeisho and Asanoyama on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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