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Japanese-born sumo wrestler wins first tournament in ten years

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Enter the land of the giants!

In Saturday's finale of the New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament, history was made when ozeki-ranked (second highest rank in sumo) Kotoshogiku became the first Japanese-born wrestler to win a tournament in a decade.

The 31-year-old's run in the tournament was very impressive as he defeated all three ranked yokozuna (the highest rank in sumo) and capped off with a 14-1 record after defeating fellow ozeki Tochiazuma.

In the world of Japanese sumo, six tournaments (basho) are held every year. Wrestlers face each other over a period of 15 days and whoever has the best record at the end is the winner.

A fact that may surprise those of us outside Japan is that during the last ten years, bashos were dominated by Mongolian-born wrestlers, like Harumafuji and especially dominant yokozuna Hakuhou, who has over 30 basho wins since 2007. Both men finished with 12-3 records this time around.

The next sumo basho starts in March and if Kotoshogiku wins that tournament, he'll be in line to be promoted to yokozuna. We wish the big guy good luck!

In Saturday's finale of the New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament history was made when Ozeki ranked Kotoshogiku became the first Japanese born wrestler to win a tournament in a decade.

 

The 31-year-old's run in the tournament was very impressive as he defeated all three ranked yokozuna (the highest rank in sumo), and capped off with a 14-1 record after defeated fellow ozeki Tochiazuma.

 

In the world of Japanese sumo, six tournament (basho) are held every year. Wrestlers face each other over a period of 15 days and whomever has the best record at the end is the winner. During the last ten years, bashos were dominated by Mongolian born wrestlers like Harumafuji and especially dominant yokozuna Hakuhou who has over 30 basho wins since 2007. Both men finished with 12-3 records this time around.

 

The next sumo basho will be held in March and if Kotoshogiku wins that tournament, he will be in line to be promoted to yokozuna. We wish the big guy luck!

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