In claiming a second career title last September, Tamawashi became the oldest winner of the Emperor’s Cup in modern sumo history.

The veteran, who turns 38 later this month, also leapfrogged compatriots Hakuho and Kyokutenho to complete a Mongolian clean sweep of the podium in that particular category.

Tamawashi’s consecutive appearance streak — which the Japan Sumo Association has decreed is still active despite a COVID-19-enforced absence in July — stands at 1,463 bouts after his latest triumph.