Read the full story on SportsLook - Kiribayama Earns Promotion to Second-Highest Rank of Ozeki After Impressive Results
In a move that was expected by many, the Japan Sumo Association unanimously decided to promote Kiribayama, who had an 11-4 record in the Summer Basho, which wrapped up on May 28, at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Upon being promoted, the 27-year-old Mongolian, whose real name is Byambachuluun Lkhagvasuren, changed his ring name to Kirishima, formerly used by his stable master Michinoku when he was an active wrestler.
"I'll train harder than ever to live up to the rank of ozeki," Kirishima said, according to Kyodo News.
He added, "I just have to devote myself to going for one rank above this."
Kirishima becomes the sixth Mongolian to achieve the rank of ozeki. He has 34 wins over his last three tournaments as either a komusubi or sekiwake, exceeding the standard promotion benchmark of 33.
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Author: Jim Armstrong
The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for over 25 years. You can find his articles on SportsLook.