Hakuho, a sumo wrestling legend in Japan, is retiring at 36. His resume includes a record 45 tournaments win, a record 16 perfect victories and an all-time sumo record 1,187 wins. Hakuho is a Mongolian-born Yokozuna, meaning grand champion.
According to the Associated Press, a right knee injury is what has pushed Hakuho into retirement. The sumo great had knee surgery in March and only competed in one competition this year, the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, in July. He won the event.
Hakuho, born with the name Munkhbat Davaajargal, went to Japan at 15 to pursue a career in sumo, with his first appearance coming in 2001. His father won a silver medal for Mongolia in freestyle wrestling at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
In 2007 at the age of 22, Hakuho achieved the highest rank of Yokozuna. He became a Japanese citizen in 2019, meaning after retirement he can train wrestlers at his own sumo table.
His career spanned an impressive 21 years and during that time competed in 1,019 bouts as Yokozuna, recording 899 wins. He fought in his 1,000th bout in July of 2020, making him sumo's longest-serving Yokozuna.