Japanese-Filipino wrestler wins Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 26, 2019 02:57 PM
Japanese-Filipino wins Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament
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Japanese-Filipino sumo wrestler Hisashi Mitakeumi captured his second top-division title after defeating Takakeisho in a playoff to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall last September 22. 

The 26-year old Nagano-native who was born to a Japanese father and a Filipino mother, used a combination of strength and technique to overpower and outmaneuver Takakeisho and secure the title-clinching victory. 

It was his second time to take home the prestigious Emperor's Cup, with his first coming back in July of 2018. 

Currently ranked as sekiwake, the Dewanoumi Stable product now has his sights set on reaching the rank of ozeki, the sport's second-highest rank. 

Throughout his five-year sumo career, Mitakeumi has won two major titles as well as multiple Special Prizes for Outstanding Performance, Technique, and Fighting Spirit. 

He now shifts his focus to the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka this coming November. 

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