Congratulations to Hakuho!

Good morning everyone,

Here's a surprise...it's going to be unbearably hot and humid...oh, wait...never mind. That's not much of a surprise, is it? And it's going to be the same tomorrow and the next day and the next day and so on...

Hakuho, who tied former ozeki Kaio’s mark of 1,047 career match wins on Thursday, outlasted new ozeki Takayasu in a thrilling bout to reach the latest milestone of his glittering career.

Hakuho surpasses Kaio, sets all-time wins record

“I think I had enough strength today,” said Hakuho. “I am extremely happy to get this record, especially considering all the support I had in the last tournament and here in Nagoya.”

Hakuho (12-1) did not have it all his own way in the day’s finale as Takayasu (8-5) fought bravely in the face of a barrage of neck thrusts. But the yokozuna had too much gumption and toppled Takayasu with an oshitaoshi (front push-down) technique for the historic win.

“Because it was a battle of power, it was good sumo,” Hakuho said. “My joy is perhaps double what it was yesterday.”

While Japan Sumo Association chairman Hakkaku sang the yokozuna’s praises, he offered Takayasu, who had his chance to take control of the fight, some constructive criticism.

“As Takayasu aspires to bigger things, he’s going to have to learn how to compete for all he has in these big bouts,” the chairman said. “He barely moved and lacked concentration.”

The victory kept the 32-year-old Hakuho in the lead with two days of action remaining at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium and firmly on course for a record-extending 39th career championship.

Hopefully he'll continue to perform at such a high level for a while yet. And i'm hoping that we'll see more and more younger guys come up and challenge him. It makes for a much more exciting sumo tournament.

Have a great day!

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