Sumo wrestling - Mongolian Hakuho breaks record in ancient Japanese sport

Mongolian "yokozuna" or sumo grand champion Hakuho smiles in the dressing room after earlier securing victory in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on January 23, 2015. Hakuho defeated Japanese wrestler Kisenosato on the 13th day of the 15-day tournament to take his record to 13-0, three victories ahead of the nearest rival with two days left. With the tournament victory Hakuho has now sailed past sumo legend Taiho, a man widely regarded as the greatest yokozuna of the post-war era, whose record of 32 Emperor's Cups had stood unbeaten for 44 years. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (AFP Photo/JIJI PRESS)

- Mongolian grand champion Hakuho became the most successful sumo wrestler in history, bagging a record 33rd title and eclipsing a Japanese legend.

Hakuho, 29, beat fellow-championship contender Kisenosato, sealing the title with an unassailable 13-0 record in the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

His other rival, fellow-Mongolian Harumafuji, lost to Kakuryu, another Mongolian and the most recent wrestler elevated to the status of "yokozuna" (grand champion).

Hakuho has now past Taiho, a man widely regarded as the greatest yokozuna of the post-war era, whose record of 32 Emperor's Cups had stood for 44 years.


AFP