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Hakuho stays on course for wins record

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yokozuna Hakuho, left, slaps down No. 1 maegashira Shodai on Tuesday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The Japan NewsYokozona Hakuho stayed on a straight line toward the all-time wins record, slapping down No. 1 maegashira Shodai at the jump-off on Tuesday for his third win in as many days at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The yokozuna, who is now eight wins shy of Kaio’s record of 1,047, barely broke a sweat at Aichi Prefectural Gym, using a slap to the face and a nudge to win in a split second.

It was another day of mixed results for other three yokozuna.

Kakuryu couldn’t fight off No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (2-1), who posted his first career kinboshi — maegashira victories over yokozuna — by withstanding an early flurry of slaps and grabs to push Kakuryu to his first loss.

Yokozuna Harumafuji posted his first victory in Nagoya, manhandling No. 1 maegashira Takakeisho (1-2).

Kisenosato (1-2) gave up his belt to Tochinoshin (2-1), and the No. 2 maegashira took advantage by eventually forcing out the yokozuna for a kinboshi victory.

The three ozeki posted victories as Goeido (1-2) powered past sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-1), Terunofuji (1-2) forced out a feisty No. 3 maegashira Ikioi (0-3) and brand-new ozeki Takayasu (2-1) threw down winless komusubi Kotoshogiku.Speech

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