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Hakuho wins 30th title at Nagoya sumo tournament

Grand champion Hakuho wins 30th career title at Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

Hakuho wins 30th title at Nagoya sumo tournament

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- Grand champion Hakuho defeated his Mongolian compatriot, Harumafuji, on Sunday to win his 30th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, edging closer to the all-time championship record in Japan's ancient sport.

Hakuho was pushed back to the edge by fellow grand champion Harumafuji in the final bout of the 15-day tournament, but finally got a grip on Harumafuji's belt and hauled his opponent down to improve to 13-2 for the event.

The 29-year-old Hakuho is now just two behind the record of 32 championships held by former grand champion Taiho. Chiyonofuji is second on the list with 31.

Harumafuji gave Hakuho a serious challenge but couldn't finish off his opponent and closed out the tournament with a 10-5 record.

Updated : 2022-01-20 06:11 GMT+08:00