Sun, Nov 25, 2007 - Page 24 News List

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


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


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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