Hakuho beats Kisenosato to remain on top at Kyushu Basho

Hakuho looks to be on a mission. The Mongolian yokozuna improved his record to 11-0 by defeating ozeki Kisenosato on Wednesday and is still the sole leader heading down the stretch at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Hakuho, who is in the hunt for his record-extending 36th career title, remained one win ahead of yokozuna Harumafuji after the 11th day of the 15-day meet. 

The loss effectively took Kisenosato (8-3) out of the title race. 

Kisenosato, unlike other wrestlers, has had some success against Hakuho in the past – including a win over the Mongolian icon in 2010 that snapped Hakuho’s 63-fight winning streak. 

Harumafuji remained relevant with a dominant win over Tochiozan. He remains one win off Hakuho’s mark and could set up a terrific end to the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. 

There were many doubts surrounding both yokozuna coming into the basho as they both were coming off of injuries. The two Mongolian champions have answered their critics in full voice with scintillating performances at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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