Yokozuna Hakuho won his 32nd Emperor's Cup on Sunday, tying legend Taiho's all-time record by beating fellow yokozuna Kakuryu on the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Kakuryu (12-3) had a chance to force a playoff had he beaten Hakuho (14-1). However, Hakuho seized Kakuryu soon after the jump-off and immediately forced him out of the ring.
It was Hakuho's fourth straight title.
The 29-year-old won five of the six tournaments this year.
"I was able to achieve this result because the soul of this country and the god of sumo have acknowledged me," the Mongolian-born yokozuna said during a post-match interview.