Sun, Nov 25, 2007 - Page 24 News List

Hakuho win moves him a step closer to the Emperor's Cup

AP , FUKUOKA, JAPAN

Sumo grand champion Hakuho, center, holds the Emperor's Cup at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sept. 23.

PHOTO: AFP

Grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia defeated Chiyotaikai yesterday, moving a step closer to winning the Emperor's Cup at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

In the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hakuho improved to 12-2 when he stepped to his side and swatted ozeki Chiyotaikai down onto the dirt surface.

Chiyotaikai fell to 11-3.

Hakuho, who is bidding for his second straight Sumo title, can win it today with a victory over Kotomitsuki.

If Hakuho loses and Chiyotaikai wins his about against Kaio, the title would be decided in a playoff bout between the two.

In other major bouts, Fukuoka native Kaio overpowered fellow ozeki Kotomitsuki to improve to 8-6. Kotomitsuki dropped to 9-5.

Mongolian komusubi Ama swatted down Estonian Baruto to improve to 9-5. No. 16 maegashira Baruto lost for the second day in a row and fell to 10-4.

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