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Hakuho Matches Chiyonofuji's 2nd-Most 1,045 Career Sumo Wins

Hakuho Matches Chiyonofuji's 2nd-Most 1,045 Career Sumo Wins

   Nagoya, July 17 (Jiji Press)--Yokozuna sumo grand champion Hakuho on Monday scored his 1,045th win in the Japanese professional sport, tying late yokozuna Chiyonofuji's second-most career victories.
   On the ninth day at the makuuchi top division in the 15-day Nagoya grand tournament, Hakuho, 32, beat Kagayaki, a wrester in the maegashira No. 4 rank, by slapping him down to remain unbeaten at 9-0. "I'm relieved to reach the record early," Hakuho said.
   A record 1,047 career wins were achieved during the July 2011 Nagoya tournament by then ozeki champion Kaio, now head of Asakayama Stable.
   Hakuho, who is from Mongolia and belongs to Miyagino Stable, would equal Kaio's record on the 11th day Wednesday and pass it on the 12th day Thursday at the earliest during the current tournament being held at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, the capital of the central Japan prefecture.
   Hakuho, whose real name is Munkhbat Davaajargal, debuted in professional sumo in the March 2001 spring tournament, at jonokuchi, the sixth and lowest division, and advanced to makuuchi in the May 2004 summer tournament. He won his first Emperor's Cup championship title for the makuuchi division in the May 2006 summer tournament and was promoted to the yokozuna rank after the May 2007 summer tournament.

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