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Sixth-ranked maegashira Abi defeated yokozuna Terunofuji on Saturday, handing a one-win lead to sekiwake Mitakeumi ahead of the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Starting the day one win back of the leaders with a 10-3 record in the 15-day tourney at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, Abi launched a decisive opening charge en route to a huge win over the yokozuna. Abi and Terunofuji are now tied at 11-3 along with No. 14 youngster Kotonowaka.

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