Video: New Yokozuna Kisenosato wins first defense in overtime despite injury

Osaka, Japan.  Home of Takoyaki and host to this seasons Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.  For the first time in 15 years, Osaka greets a Japanese Yokozuna.

The 72nd Yokozuna Kisenosato Yutaka breaks a long chain of non-Japanese Yokozuna and people were eager to see if he could match is 14-1 performance in this years first tournament in Toyko. And his first defense did not disappoint.

The new Yokozuna Kisenosato defeated Ozeki Terunofuji Haruo in a playoff, after sustaining an injury to secured his first tournament win as a yokozuna.  On Day 13, he lost a hotly contested match and seemed to damage his left shoulder.  He lost again on Day 14.  Going into the final day of the tournament, Kisenosato had to defeat Terunofuji twice to win the tournament.

And in the playoff, he was just as smooth:

Afterward, the big man was overcome with emotion.

Watch below to see Kisenosato capture the January Grand Tournament in Japan and capture the title of Yokozuna:



Catch out footage of him being awarded the title of Yokozuna.  Really digging the elaborate white waistbands.




Published on March 27, 2017 at 12:34 am
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