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Hakuho extends winning streak at Emperor's Cup

AP , TOKYO

Grand champion Hakuho extended his winning streak to seven yesterday by knocking an opponent to the ground with a series of powerful slaps at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

The 23-year-old Mongolian easily beat 30-year-old Japanese Miyabiyama, staying unbeaten on the seventh day of the 15-day sumo tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

A packed audience also cheered when fellow and popular Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu appeared in the ring for the day’s final bout against Kakuryu, also a Mongolian.

Asashoryu, 27, grappled 22-year-old Kakuryu at the ring’s center before pushing him away from the straw ridge, bringing the Mongolian grand champion his sixth victory in the tournament.

Asashoryu is aiming for his 23rd Emperor’s Cup, while his archrival Hakuho is seeking his seventh title win. In March, Asashoryu beat Hakuho on the final day of the spring tournament.

Meanwhile, Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu also kept his record perfect, snatching his seventh victory in the tournament against Japanese Kisenosato. Kotooshu quickly shoved him out of the ring.

Estonian sumo wrestler Baruto finally secured his first win yesterday after six straight losses. Baruto, 23, won by pushing 33-year-old Mongolian Kyokutenho out of the ring.

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