Terunofuji Wins Sumo Tournament As Rival Hakuho Reported to Retire

Terunofuju Sumo
Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Terunofuji won his first competition as a newly promoted yokozuna, or grand champion, Saturday capturing the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo with a victory over Shodai. Terunofuji was already assured of the title as his closest competitor, Myogiryu, sat one win back coming into the final day of competition but lost his match against Meisei.

Nonetheless, the champion made quick work of Shodai gaining a belt grab and forcing his opponent out of the ring. He thus became the first wrestler to win his initial tournament as a yokozuna since 2017. Overall, it was the fifth championship of his career. The only other reigning yokozuna, Hakuho, wasn't allowed to compete in the autumn tournament after several of his stablemates tested positive for COVID-19. It's since been reported that Hakuho, the most successful sumo in history with 45 championships, is planning to retire.

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