Hakuho puts finishing touches on 43rd career title

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 24, 2019

Hakuho puts finishing touches on 43rd career title

Yokozuna Hakuho finished his championship run at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday with a victory over ozeki Takakeisho at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. In a bout that was preceded by a long staring contest before the start, Hakuho quickly gained the advantage and forced ...

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 23, 2019

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho won a record-extending 43rd championship and his first as a naturalized Japanese citizen on Saturday, taking out the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a day to spare. The 34-year-old from Mongolia, who acquired Japanese citizenship in September and withdrew from that month's tourney ...

Hakuho survives Day 4 challenge

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 13, 2019

Hakuho survives Day 4 challenge

Hakuho flexed his yokozuna muscles on Wednesday to stay on the heels of a pair of rank-and-filers in the lead after four days of action at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian-born veteran was made to work overtime by top-ranked maegashira Okinoumi (1-3), who ...

Emperor's Cup race looks wide open at Kyushu Basho

Sumo Nov 7, 2019

Emperor's Cup race looks wide open at Kyushu Basho

by John Gunning

Although he retired a quarter century ago and made just 18 appearances for Nagoya Grampus Eight, Gary Lineker remains one of the names most closely associated with Japanese soccer among foreign fans. The England international's strike rate here was well below a career average that ...

Mitakeumi celebrates latest title, vows to aim for ozeki

Sumo Sep 23, 2019

Mitakeumi celebrates latest title, vows to aim for ozeki

Sekiwake Mitakeumi expressed his joy on Monday after winning his second top-division championship the previous night in a dramatic conclusion to the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. "This is the greatest. I was so happy to wake up today," Mitakeumi said during ...

Mitakeumi beats Takakeisho in playoff to earn second title

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 22, 2019

Mitakeumi beats Takakeisho in playoff to earn second title

Mitakeumi defeated fellow sekiwake Takakeisho in a dramatic playoff on Sunday to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament and claim his second top-division championship while denying Takakeisho the same. The 26-year-old from Dewanoumi stable hoisted the Emperor's Cup for the second time in his five-year ...

Trio tied for lead entering final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 21, 2019

Trio tied for lead entering final day

Three wrestlers head into the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament tied for the lead, with sekiwake duo Takakeisho and Mitakeumi winning on Saturday to set up a showdown with surprise rank-and-filer Okinoumi. The two wrestlers at sumo's third-highest rank will battle for ...

Title chase now wide open

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 20, 2019

Title chase now wide open

The race for the Emperor's Cup at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament was thrown wide open again when Takakeisho lost to ozeki Goeido on Friday and fell into a four-way tie for the lead with two days remaining. A day after securing promotion back to ...

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 19, 2019

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Takakeisho took the outright lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, beating Myogiryu to improve to 10-2 and secure promotion back to ozeki. The sekiwake, who is making his return from a knee injury, sits alone atop the standings after joint overnight leader ...

Five rikishi share lead after Day 10

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 17, 2019

Five rikishi share lead after Day 10

Mitakeumi, Takakeisho and Asanoyama earned impressive victories Tuesday to move into a five-way tie for the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The logjam at the top of the standings at Ryogoku Kokugikan follows losses on Day 10 by the joint overnight leaders, No. ...