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Hakuho reels off 26th straight win to remain in sole control

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Its amazing that Hakuho is showing no signs of slowing down. I can’t imagine what sumo is going to be like when he finally retires (which the way he is going might not be til he reaches 65).

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I was thinking about a possible 42nd championship for Hakuho recently. They say that to be considered a great Yokozuna, you must have at least 10 championships under your belt. If Hakuho gets number 42, then he'll be 10 championships ahead of the previous all-time great, Taiho.

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Manny Pacquiao is still winning fights at age 40, so it's not unimaginable for our hero Hakuho.

Speaking of gaudy career stats, let me just stir the pot and remind all the people who were down on Kisenosato (I know he was a letdown as yokozuna) that he ranks sixth all time for match wins in sumo's upper division, with over 700 of his 800 plus total. Hakuho may be over 1000 at this point. So 21st century wrestlers seem to be sustaining longer careers than the historical norm.

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The big question is whether or not the sumo association is going to bend it's rules on the stable masters need to have Japanese citizenship or not. It is well known that Hakuho wants to be a stable master after he retires, but he does not want to give up his Mongolian citizenship.

As the G.O.A.T. Yokozuna, the sumo association wants to keep him around, but they are going to have to change their rules, probably come up with some lame "one-off" kind of thing, to "allow" him to stay"!

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Speaking of gaudy career stats, let me just stir the pot and remind all the people who were down on Kisenosato (I know he was a letdown as yokozuna) that he ranks sixth all time for match wins in sumo's upper division, with over 700 of his 800 plus total. Hakuho may be over 1000 at this point. So 21st century wrestlers seem to be sustaining longer careers than the historical norm.

Probably due to the fact alone that there are more tournaments during a year, (6) since, I believe it was around 1960, previous to which there were only 4 per year.

Wait my mistake here, there were only 2 a year initially!

Since 1958, there have been six tournaments a year, held on odd-numbered months. Originally, there were only two annual tournaments. A third was added in 1949, a fourth in 1953, and a fifth in 1957.

http://ozumou.com/e/archives/22

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