The 69th yokozuna and the second from Mongolia, Hakuho, won the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday. He needed a win over fellow Mongolian Harumafuji to stave off a championship playoff against Estonian sekiwake Baruto who had finished 14-1. Hakuho held his nerve to floor Harumafuji (10-5) with a textbook overarm throw to clinch his 13th Emperor’s Cup.
Baruto had to be content with the Fighting Spirit Prize and the Technique Prize, two special prizes awarded to makuuchi division wrestlers by the Japan Sumo Association on the final day of a meet.
A fresh entrant to sumo’s highest arena, Hakuba, known as A.Unurjargal in Mongolia, finished the basho with eight wins out of 15, fulfilling the above 50 percent requirement. Mokonami G.Bazarsad (9-6) and Tokitenku A.Khuchitbaatar (10-5) were also successful in maintaining the record.
Three other Mongolians were not as successful. Kakuryu M.Anand finished with six wins, Kyokyutenho N.Tsevegnyam with three and Tamawashi B.Munkh-Orgil with five.