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Wait is over: Japan gets first sumo champion in 19 years

TOKYO: Japan's excruciating wait for a home-grown yokozuna, or sumo grand champion, ended Wednesday when 30-year-old Kisenosato was promoted to the ancient sport's highest rank. A first Emperor's Cup triumph at the weekend was deemed good enough for him to become the first Japan-born wrestler to reach the lofty perch since Wakanohana in 1998, although it took Kisenosato 73 tournaments to get there - longer than anyone since 1926. "I accept with all humility," the 178-kilo (392-pound) Kisenosato told reporters at a…