The lone grand champion shrugged off injury concerns and was unbeatable in the second half of the 15-day meet.
If healthy, the lone yokozuna will be the man to beat, but Mitakeumi and Wakatakakage seek to challenge.
The Fukushima native becomes the first new sekiwake in 86 years to claim the championship.
New ozeki Mitakeumi keeps pace along with sekiwake Wakatakakage and rank-and-filer Kotonowaka.
The Nagano native had his hands full with Mongolian giant Ichinojo but came out on the winning side.
~~ Three newly promoted wrestlers will be in the spotlight as they seek to challenge lone yokozuna Terunofuji for the title at the Spring Grand Sumo...
The new ozeki sumo wrestler Mitakeumi’s birth name is Hisashi Omichi. His mother is a Filipina who first came to Japan as a member of an...
Returning Japanese standout athletes from four years ago spark optimism for an even better showing at the Beijing Olympics.
With his third career title, the sekiwake will be considered for promotion to ozeki.
Mitakeumi moves back into sole possession of the lead to set up showdown with the grand champion.
The Dewanoumi stable wrestler has a one-win lead over Terunofuji at the midway point.
The No. 3 maegashira knocks the lone grand champion out of the lead with a huge upset.