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Hakuho becomes first foreign wrestler to repeat sumo record for most tournament wins

By B.TUNGALAG

Grand Champion of Japanese professional sumo wrestling Hakuho M.Davaajargal of Mongolia repeated the record set by legendary Japanese Grand Champion Taiho after winning his 32nd tournament on November 23.
Hakuho gained 32 career titles within eight years, while Taiho did it in 11 years. Grand Champion M.Davaajargal stood with tears in his eyes during the ceremony after receiving the Emperor’s Cup.
Before the November tournament, Hakuho M.Davaajargal said, “I will wrestle to repeat the record of Yokozuna Taiho, who won 32 bashos (tournaments) in sumo history. Taiho definitely will support me from the sky.”
After the tournament, Hakuho told NHK, “I have three fathers. My biological father J.Munkhbat, my trainer who taught me sumo Miyagino, and the third is my Japanese father Yokozuna Taiho. I speak now to my parents and people in Mongolia. I, the son of Burte Chono and Goo Maral, am very proud today for having repaid Taiho’s favors, by repeating his record, and I am very happy to prove who Mongolians are.”
Winning a bout against a respected person and repeating or breaking his record is considered as repaying the record setter’s favors in Mongolia.
Chairman of the Japan Sumo Association Kitanoumi Toshimitsu believes that Hakuho will own over 40 wins and Hakuho’s time continues although there are two new champions, Kakuryu and Harumafuji, who are also Mongolian.
“There is no one who can defeat Hakuho among the top rank sumo wrestlers. Ichinojo and Terunofuji might stop him in the future,” Toshimitsu added.

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