Yokozuna Hakuho reached a milestone of capturing the Emperor's Cup for 30th time, winning the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a 13-2 record on Sunday at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.
Hakuho entered the final day tied with ozeki Kotoshogiku. But while Hakuho beat fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji with an impressive overarm throw, Kotoshogiku (12-3) was forced out by Goeido (12-3).
Only two other wrestlers have ever reached the 30 mark. Taiho leads the all-time list with 32 titles, followed by Chiyonofuji with 31.
"I'm delighted to reach a record achieved by the legendary yokozuna of the Showa era," Hakuho, 29, said.
"I'm scheduled to return home, so I can bring the good news to my parents."