Hakuho wins 32nd title, ties Taiho's record

Mongolian-born "yokozuna", or grand champion, Hakuho (L) receives the Emperor's Cup from president of the Japan Sumo Association Kitanoumi (R) during the awards ceremony for the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo tournament in Fukuoka, western Japan.

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.