Japan fends off the Mongol hordes

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New Japanese Yokozuna (Grand Champion) Kisenosato has won back to back tournaments and his first in the top rank. Despite suffering a severe shoulder injury earlier in the tournament he fought on to win the lot, including the tie breaker. The Mongolian wrestlers have had a strangle hold on Sumo’s top rank for almost two decades since the Japanese yokozuna brothers Takanohana and Wakanohana retired. It is nice to see the pride Japanese have in reclaiming the title of a national sport. At 188cm and 176kg he is by no means the largest wrestler but he showed big heart yesterday.

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