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Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 11:40 GMT
Akebono claims 11th title
Akebono registered his 11th Emperor's Cup
Akebono registered his 11th Emperor's Cup
Yokozuna grand champion Akebono claimed his 11th Emperor's Cup title at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

He beat fellow American-born and number nine megashira Kotomitsuki to take the title and secured the championship with a victory over yokozuna Musashimaru on the final day.

Both wrestlers exchanged right-hand slaps after coming out of the tachiai initial charge, but Akebono was quicker to get in the first shove.

He then proceeded to drive Musashimaru to the edge of the ring with both hands on his belt to drive him over.

"I have been sick and injured this year and it makes me glad that I fought through it and have this great moment," Akebono said.

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