Photo/IllutrationYokozuna Hakuho after winning the bout with ozeki Terunofuji in Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on May 27 (Kotaro Ebara)

Yokozuna Hakuho won the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on May 27, the 14th day of the 15-day tourney, with a perfect record to capture the title for the first time in a year and chalk up a 38th career victory.

Hakuho, 32, was up against ozeki Terunofuji, making it impossible for rival yokozuna Harumafuji, 33, to catch up on the last day as he already had two losses.

On the other hand, yokozuna Kisenosato, 30, who clinched the two previous tourneys, held in January and March, fighting as ozeki and yokozuna, respectively, was a no-show from Day 11 because he is still recovering from injuries. At that point, he already had four losses.

Another yokozuna, Kakuryu, 31, has been out of contention since Day 5 due to inflammation of a left ankle joint.

In other developments, sekiwake Takayasu, 27, will be promoted from the third highest rank to ozeki, the second highest rank, in the next tournament to be held in July as he ended Day 14 with 11 wins and three losses. With 34 wins in the last three consecutive tournaments, he met the criteria for promotion.

The May tournament now under way at Ryogoku Kokugikan initially focused on Kisenosato, who decided to compete in spite of serious injuries he suffered to his left shoulder on Day 13 of the March tourney.

But Kisenosato, who hails from Ibaraki Prefecture, lost on Day 1 to Yoshikaze, who is komusubi, the fourth highest rank. He lost three subsequent bouts and decided to bow out of this tourney.

Hakuho and Mongolian compatriot Harumafuji were on a winning streak from Day 1 to Day 10. However, Harumafuji lost on Day 11 and Day 13 while Hakuho continued to win.

On Day 14, Hakuho defeated Terunofuji with a “yorikiri” move (forcing the opponent out of the ring while grabbing his belt).

Hakuho, who is 192 centimeters tall and weighs 160 kilograms, won the May 2016 tournament without any losses.