Terunofuji puts end to Hakuho's perfect run

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Terunofuji sentenced Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho to a shock first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday to keep his title hopes alive with two days of the 15-day basho remaining.

Hakuho could have sewn up a 34th career championship with two days to spare by beating Terunofuji (11-2), but the newly promoted sekiwake had other ideas in the day's finale at Bodymaker Colosseum.

Terunofuji shrugged off a series of slaps before both wrestlers went at it to gain control of the belt.

But the sekiwake went for broke and shook off an attempted leg trip to knock the yokozuna out of the ring and claim his first win in the four career meetings between the two.

Hakuho, who lost for the first time in 37 bouts, still holds a one-win lead over Terunofuji and can secure the championship if he beats Kisenosato on Saturday and Terunofuji loses to Ichinojo.

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