“Harumafuji” D.Byambadorj wins Emperor’s Cup seventh timeSports
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A State Honored Sportsman and Yokozuna-titled “Harumafuji” D.Byambadorj captured his seventh career title in his comeback from injury, despite a final-day defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament concluded on Sunday in Fukuoka.
News about his winning of the sumo tournament was published on Sunday on the Japan Times’s website. He (13-2) looked like he had squandered his chance of winning the championship in regulation when he got blasted out by ozeki Kisenosato (10-5) in the day’s penultimate bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. But “Hakuho” D.Davaajargal (12-3), the only other wrestler left in the title race, missed the chance to force a championship playoff when he was forced out by fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu (9-6) in the last match of the 15-day basho (tournament).
The championship title was the first in two years for Harumafuji, who missed the entire Autumn Basho in September and most of the Nagoya tournament in July due to a right elbow injury.
“I wanted to win the championship with a victory but I am happy I could respond to expectations of the fans (over the course of the tournament),” said Harumafuji.
Hakuho, who was also coming back from injury, blew a great chance to capture a record-extending 36th Emperor’s Cup, finishing on a three-bout losing streak.
No Outstanding Performance Prize was awarded for the first time in three tournaments.