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Hakuho wins eighth straight bout to keep his Cup bid on track

AP , TOKYO

Grand champion Hakuho scored another victory yesterday, keeping his record unblemished at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

HAKUHO

The 23-year-old Mongolian defeated Japanese Kisenosato by throwing him out of the ring. Yesterday’s victory was his eighth straight win in the 15-day tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Before the match, Hakuho nervously stared at Kisenosato, who made the headlines by snatching a surprise victory against another Mongolian grand champion, Asashoryu, on the opening day of the summer tournament.

But Hakuho's powerful grips and speed pushed 21-year-old to the ground in a matter of seconds, drawing cheers from a packed audience.

ASASHORYU

Asashoryu, 27, scored his seventh win by beating fellow Mongolian Tokitenku.

Asashoryu grabbed the 28-year-old opponent and quickly shoved him out of the ring.

Asashoryu is aiming for his 23rd Emperor’s Cup, while Hakuho is seeking his seventh title win.

KOTOOSHU

Meanwhile, Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu also extended his winning streak to eight by defeating 35-year-old Japanese Kaio yesterday.

The 25-year-old Bulgarian grabbed Kaio’s belt and shoved him out of the ring.

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