Watching history

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Yokozuna Hakuho won his 33rd career championship on Friday with two days to spare at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, surpassing the record of 32 titles he shared with sumo legend Taiho.

The 29-year-old Hakuho entered the day with a perfect 12-0 record and a two-win cushion over ozeki Kisenosato and yokozuna Harumafuji. Harumafuji fell in the day’s penultimate bout with rival yokozuna Kakuryu, while Hakuho defeated Kisenosato in the finale to wrap up his fifth straight championship.

The 32 titles amassed by Taiho, long considered the greatest sumo wrestler in the post-war period, stood the test of time from 1971 until last November, when Hakuho pulled alongside.

Before a packed house at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan that was tense with anticipation, Hakuho and Kisenosato gave the audience an encore after their first attempt was ruled a draw.

“The 33rd championship came through a do-over, so it wasn’t easy,” Hakuho said. “It was good sumo so I think it was worth seeing.”

As champion, Hakuho will speak after Sunday’s final day of action, but said he will need the time between now and then to reflect on his achievement.

“There are still two days of bouts left. Until the final day comes I don’t know. I want to think it over carefully.”

Compared with the first effort, the rematch was a calm affair in which the yokozuna awaited his opponent’s charge before wrestling him out after a brief struggle. Kisenosato put up a fight but was no match for the Mongolian master when his eye was on the historic mark and was shoved out.

“Hakuho is not a yokozuna who is at the end of the road. I’d like to see him go for 40 titles. If he keeps going the way he is, that’s a possibility.”

hakuho 33 championships

Congratulations Hakuho! You truly are a 'grand champion'!

Have a great day!


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