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Mongolian Terunofuji found himself among the ranks of sumo’s historic elite as the ancient sport’s 73rd yokozuna on Monday when the Japan Sumo Association rankings for September’s Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament were published.

The 29-year-old’s remarkable journey will enter its newest phase on Sept. 12, when the 15-day grand tournament gets under way at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. Terunofuji will become the sport’s sixth oldest “new” yokozuna, and just the second to ascend to the rank after having once been demoted from the second-highest rank of ozeki.

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