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Terunofuji

Continuing his epic comeback story, sumo wrestler Terunofuji won the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament Sunday in a playoff match against Takakeisho. It was the third time in the last four tournaments that the championship came down to these two wrestlers.

Terunofuji entered the final day of competition in Tokyo with a one win lead but was quickly put down by Takakeisho in the event's final scheduled bout leaving both men with 12-3 records to set up the playoff. The Mongolian wrestler returned the favor putting Takakeisho down to claim the fourth Emperor's Cup championship of his career. Terunofuji had been dropped from the sport's elite ranks in 2017 following a series of knee injuries and finally returned to ozeki status - sumo's second-highest level - after winning the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in March. With a win at the upcoming July tournament, he may now have a chance to vault all the way to sumo's top rank of yokozuna.

Terunofuji

Sumo wrestler Terunofuji capped a nearly three year comeback from knee surgery to win the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament Sunday in Tokyo and likely return to ozeki status, the sport's second highest rank. The Mongolian-born Terunofuji entered the event's last day of competition with a one win lead over three other wrestlers but was literally pushed to the brink by his final opponent, Takakeisho.

After Terunofuji missed an arm grab, Takakeisho shoved him up against the edge of the ring but couldn't quite force him out as the Mongolian righted himself and finally managed to push Takakeisho out of the circle for the tournament-clinching victory, the third top division title of his career. A one-time ozeki, Terunofuji was hampered by knee injuries and demoted in 2017. Following knee surgery in 2018 he was forced to compete among the sport's lowest levels, a first for a former ozeki. Sunday's win should finally enable his return to ozeki status.


Takakeisho Terunofuji

Takakeisho claimed the November Grand Sumo Tournament Sunday with a playoff victory over Terunofuji. The pair had already met in the final scheduled match of the 15-day long event with Terunofuji throwing Takakeisho to the ground to win the bout and force the playoff as both men finished with a 13-2 record.

But Takakeisho, 24, came out hitting in the playoff forcing Terunofuji out of the ring to capture the championship, his second Emperor's cup since achieving ozeki status, sumo's second highest rank. The tournament, which had to be moved from Fukuoka to Tokyo due to coronavirus concerns, was contested without grand champions Hakuho and Kakuryu who withdrew due to injuries.


Terunofuji Wins Grand Sumo Tournament

On the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, Terunofuji clinched the championship with a win over Mitakeumi in what marked a long comeback to sumo's top division.

The 28-year-old had been demoted from the elite sumo ranks more than two years ago due to injury and illness, falling all the way to the second lowest division where he began his comeback at last year's spring tournament. A native of Mongolia, Terunofuji finished the summer tournament with a 13-2 record. This was his first tournament title in more than 5 years.