Mongolian yokozuna Asahoryu won the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo for his sixth consecutive Emperor's Cup, matching the 38-year record of the legendary yokozuna Taiho. Asahoryu came from behind in the basho to overtake the Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu who had set the early pace and had a two-win lead at one stage.
Asahoryu and Kotooshu faced each other in a playoff to decide the tournament and the mean-machine from Mongolia won easily, forcing out his opponent.
Nerves obviously got to Kotooshu - known as the "David Beckham of Sumo" for his good looks and popularity with women - though handsomeness is all relative in the world of sumo. Chances are he is well on his way to his first tournament victory however, which would be a first for a European-born wrestler.
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Monday, September 26, 2005