Mongol Sumo Wrestler

Mongol Sumo Hakuho

Mongol Sumo Hakuho

Mongol Sumo Wrestler


Ulaanbaatar. /MONTSAME/. Grand champion Hakuho defeated Mongolian compatriot Ama in a deciding bout Sunday to win the Emperor's Cup at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Both Ama and Hakuho won their final regulation bouts at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to improve to 13-2, forcing them into a further bout to decide the Cup.
After a prolonged standoff at the center of the ring, Hakuho prevailed with an arm throw that sent sekiwake Ama tumbling to the dirt surface.

It was Hakuho's third straight Emperor's Cup win and his ninth title overall. "I lost on the first day and knew I had the responsibility to live to up to the expectations of a grand champion," said Hakuho. "It was a tough tournament."

Despite being runner-up, it was impressive showing for Ama, who virtually assured himself of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki with a 13-2 record. He also won the tournament's Technique Prize.
Another Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu, who has a total of 22 Emperor's Cups, was forced to sit out the Kyushu tourney with an injured elbow.

Ozeki Kotooshu of Bulgaria defeated ozeki Chiyotaikai as both wrestlers finished the tournament with 8-7 records. Komusubi Aminishiki, who defeated Hakuho on the opening day, won the Outstanding Performance Prize with a record of 8-7 while Yoshikaze took home the Fighting Spirit Prize after posting an 11-4 record as a No. 12 maegashira.

S. Batbayar

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