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Sumo crowns new Grand Champion!

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Kisenosato rules over all

Japanese sumo wrestling crowned a new Yokozuna (grand champion) on Wednesday as Kisenosato attained the highest rank in sumo after winning the Janurary tournament on Sunday.

The 30-year-old rikishi, who is 6'2' and 386 pounds of Tokyo beef has had a long road to achieve this highest of ranks. A perennial runner-up in the world of push and pull, he has been up for promotion to grand champion four times in his career but always came up short. However, with this win and that he consistently provided good wrestling and has finished a tournament with a losing record only once since 2010, he was awarded the title even without winning a consecutive tournament (The usual requirement for Yokozuna). In the January tournament, he finished 14-1 and secured the win to be named the 72nd Yokozuna of sumo in a ceremony on Wednesday.

With his promotion, Kisenosato becomes the first Japanese born and raised champion in 19 years. The sport in recent decades has been largely dominated by Mongolian wrestlers. The Mongolians had been so dominant that last year's January tournament saw the first Japanese-born winner in a decade.

As Yokozuna is not a successive title, Kisenosato joins three other currently competing Yokozuna: Kakuryū (who withdrew from the tournament with injuries), Harumafuji (who also withdrew with injuries), and the dominant Hakuho (finished 11-4). With Hakuho not having won a tournament since May of last year, we very well may be seeing a shift at the top of Sumo's ranks.

I wish the big guy the best of luck in his new rank and I hope he had a nice big bowl of Chankonabe for dinner that night.


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