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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Russian brothers to make sumo history in Nagoya

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Russians Roho and Hakurozan will become the first-ever foreign siblings to wrestle in the top makuuchi division in the same meet at the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Russian Hakurozan, who has won promotion to No. 14 maegashira in the top makuuchi division, points out his name on the new rankings list for the upcoming Nagoya Basho. His older brother, Roho, moved up to No. 3 maegashira.

Hakurozan officially earned promotion to the top flight when the Japan Sumo Association issued the rankings Monday for the July 10-24 tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, where Asashoryu remains the sole grand champion once again.

Hakurozan will make his makuuchi debut as a No. 14 maegashira after finishing the May tournament with an impressive 10-5 record as a third-ranked grappler in the second-tier juryo division.

Elder brother Roho moved down two notches to No. 3 maegashira after posting a losing record of 7-8 in Tokyo in May.

They are only the eighth siblings overall in sumo history to wrestle in the makuuchi division together.

At the top of the rankings, Asashoryu stays in the prestigious East yokozuna spot. The Mongolian will bid to become the first man to win five straight Emperor's Cups since Chiyonofuji (1986-87).

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