The end was as sudden as a bolt of lightning.
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho saw his record-chasing streak end at 63 bouts after a stunning defeat to Kisenosato at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.
Having gone undefeated the past four tournaments, Hakuho was widely expected to match and surpass Futabayama’s record of 69 set from 1936-1939.
But Kisenosato had other ideas in the day’s finale at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.
Hakuho got a slow jump at the faceoff and never really recovered as Kisenosato (1-1) charged forward in a relentless effort before shoving the yokozuna over the edge as the crowd went into a frenzy.
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