Sole competing yokozuna Harumafuji starts Autumn Basho with victory

Sole competing yokozuna Harumafuji starts Autumn Basho with victory

Harumafuji got off to a winning start as the only yokozuna standing at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a convincing win against komusubi Tochiozan on Sunday.

With grand champions Hakuho — the winner of the summer tourney in July — Kisenosato and Kakuryu all missing from this basho due to injuries, Harumafuji has been singlehandedly left to uphold the reputation of sumo’s highest rank.

While 14 days remain at the meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Harumafuji at least started well Sunday by dismissing Tochiozan in the day’s final bout.

Harumafuji put the overhand grip on the belt with his left from the tachiai, before sending Tochiozan tumbling on the sandy surface for his 26th victory in 34 career meetings over the Kasugano stable wrestler.

Harumafuji had admitted to being anxious on his way into the arena.

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