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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hakuho set for Nagoya tournament


NAGOYA — Hakuho will appear as the lone yokozuna for the 14th time as he aims to put behind him a disappointing tournament as the Japan Sumo Association released the rankings for the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

The Mongolian, who had a lackluster 10-5 mark at the summer basho in May, will match former yokozuna Haguroyama for holding the rank in his 30th basho — the 10th longest on the all-time list.

Ozeki Kisenosato has secured his position on the prestigious east side for the first time since making his debut at sumo's second-highest rank at the New Year meet in January.

Estonian ozeki Baruto also sits on the east wing along with Bulgarian Kotooshu, who is competing as an ozeki for the 39th basho, placing him in a tie with Konishiki. Ozeki trio Kotoshogiku, Harumafuji, and Kakuryu fill out the west.

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