That makes Baruto enter the club of very few the non-japanese Sumo champions.
He became the ninth foreign-born wrestler and second from Europe after Bulgarian Kotooshu to win a championship.
“I don’t have that much to say but I am excited,” said Baruto, who made his debut at sumo’s No. 2 rank at the 2010 summer meet. “The championship had been a dream of mine until now. I have made a strong effort at this meet and there was a lot of pressure in the title race. I tried not to focus on the title and just give my all.”
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