Sumo: Harumafuji wins Kyushu title despite final-day defeat

posted on November 23, 2015

Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji captured his seventh career title on his comeback from injury, despite a final-day defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.

Harumafuji (13-2) looked like he had squandered his chance of winning the championship in regulation when he got blasted out by ozeki Kisenosato (10-5) in the day's penultimate bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

But Hakuho (12-3), the only other wrestler left in the title race, missed the chance to force a championship playoff when he was forced out by fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu (9-6) in the last match of the 15-day basho.

The championship title was the first in two years for Harumafuji, who missed the entire Autumn meet in September and most of the Nagoya basho in July due to a right elbow injury.

"I wanted to win the championship with a victory but I am happy I could respond to expectations of the fans (over the course of the tournament)," said Harumafuji.

Hakuho, who was also coming back from injury, blew a great chance to capture a record-extending 36th Emperor's Cup, finishing on a three-bout losing streak.

Elsewhere, Shohozan got pulled down by the back of the neck by veteran Aminishiki (8-7) to finish with a 12-3 mark, but the Fukuoka-born No. 10 maegashira earned the Fighting Spirit Prize, one of three awards given handed to makuuchi wrestlers on the final day of a grand tournament.

source by japantoday
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