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Japan's only yokozuna retires

16.01.2019 69 просмотров

For the first time in 16 years, a top-ranked sumo wrestler voluntarily retires.


The wrestler under the pseudonym Kisenosato (real name Yutaka Hagiwara) made such a difficult decision after a long series of failures. The coaching staff of the athlete made an official statement about this. 

It is noteworthy that at school Yutaka Hagiwara played baseball well, no less popular in Japan than sumo. At the age of 17 he became the winner in makushita (amateur sumo). Then he moved to makuuchi (the highest strongest professional division). For a number of years it was considered the main "Japanese hope". Named the most popular sumotori in Japan in 2012. 
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Kisenosato holds several records. According to the results of the 2016 competition, he became the first modern sumo wrestler who was able to win 67 fights. In 2017, he won the tournament with a score of 14:1 and, by decision of Yokoshin, became a yokozuna (the highest rank in the top league of sumo makuuchi). This event became a landmark, because before that, for 19 years, sumo wrestlers of Japanese origin had not been able to get this highest title. 

However, after that, luck turned away from Kisenosato, and after a serious shoulder injury, the athlete was forced to miss eight tournaments . Those competitions in which the current yokozuna was able to take part, he lost. 

Now two more athletes have the title of yokozuna - Kakuryu and Hakuho. Both of them are natives of Mongolia.

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