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Monday, June 7, 2004

Asashoryu wins title after playoff

BEIJING (Kyodo) Fiery grand champion Asashoryu won the overall championship after beating ozeki Chiyotaikai in a playoff on the final day of the Beijing exhibition tournament on Sunday.

The Mongolian yokozuna, who lost to Chiyotaikai a day earlier, sent the ozeki over the straw ridge with a series of hard thrusts at the Beijing municipal gymnasium.

A total of 35 wrestlers took part in the two-day event in the first sumo tour to China since 1973.

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