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Four-time makuuchi division champion Terunofuji was officially named sumo’s 73rd yokozuna on Wednesday, as the Mongolian became the first wrestler in four and a half years to be promoted to the sport’s highest rank following an epic career comeback.

Terunofuji, who narrowly missed out on a fifth title on Sunday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, where he finished with a 14-1 record, is the first new grand champion since Japanese-born Kisenosato in 2017.

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