Terunofuji, the sport's only current yokozuna, or grand champion, had trouble with his surgically-repaired kneesthroughout the competition. Meanwhile, the win will likely earn Mitakeumi a promotion to ozeki, sumo's second highest rank.
The New Year tournament also marked the debut of Oho, the grandson of one of sumo's most legendary champions, Taiho, as the youngest competitor in the sport's top division, though he failed to achieve a winning mark with a 7-8 record.
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