Hakuho Wins Summer Basho

With one day still left to go at this year’s Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, the champion has already been decided. Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho (14-0) has earned his 38th championship, extending his current record.

Hakuho, who already entered day 14 of 15 with a two-win lead in the standings, defeated ozeki Terunofuji (11-3) to clinch the championship. After some shoving, Hakuho was able to grab Terunofuji and move him out of the ring.

This was the first title Hakuho has won since winning last year’s Summer Basho with a perfect 15-0 record. He’ll look to repeat that performance tomorrow.

"It’s been a while since I have been in the championship interview room," Hakuho told The Japan Times with a smile. "[Because of injuries] I have had rehab and had to build up my body and finally [I have won again]. I took each bout as it came and I think I wrestled well. Hopefully I’ll finish off on the right note tomorrow."

Hakuho missed most of the Spring Basho back in March due to these injuries.

Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji fell to 11-3, his second straight day with a loss, as ozeki Goeido (9-5) managed to knock Harumafuji down onto the ground.

The man who defeated Harumafuji yesterday, sekiwake Takayasu, earned promotion to ozeki with said victory, as it gave him 33 wins over three straight tournaments. Takayasu, however, lost on Saturday to fifth-ranked maegashira Shodai, who improved to 9-5.

Sekiwake Kotoshogiku (6-8) defeated third-ranked maegashira Daieisho (3-11) to round things out.

Tomorrow marks the final day of the tournament.

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