Yokozuna Kakuryu Wins Kyushu Title

Yokozuna Kakuryu capped off his grant tournament title clinching performance by adding one last victory on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

On Saturday, Kakuryu clinched his third grand tournament title, but that did not stop him from continuing to dominate the competition on the final day.

He defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji in the final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center and forced him out to finish at 14-1. The loss was Harumafuji’s fourth.

“It’s really pleasing,” Kakuryu said at the award ceremony, per Japan Times.

“I’ve been struggling with injuries for the past one, two years and physically and mentally things didn’t come together, but I didn’t sulk and it’s great that things turned out like this.”

Kakuryu had won his previous 10 bouts, a repeated feat from the same competition two years ago. He was able to close the deal this time, as his 2014 streak in the Kyushu tournament ended with an 11th-day defeat to ozeki Kisenosato.

Kakuryu found himself in the same position this year, and cherished the opportunity to prove that he was a better competitor than he had been two years ago. 

“This will be an opportunity to show whether or not I’ve grown since then. I was in the same situation two years ago and that time I fizzled out, but this time I was determined not to let that happen again.

“I feel I’m finally getting to wrestle my way, relaxed. I’ll not forget how I’m feeling now and keep working.”

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