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Hakuho wins 30th title at Nagoya sumo tournament

July 27, 2014

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.

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