Sumo wrestler Takakeisho has been promoted to Ozeki, the sport's second highest rank.
The Japan Sumo Association made the official decision to promote the wrestler, who was Sekiwake, the third highest rank, on Wednesday. Representatives from the association conveyed the decision to the wrestler and his stablemaster, Chiganoura, in a ceremony.
Sumo wrestler Takakeisho has vowed to work harder to ensure his first victory will not be his last after winning the Emperor's Cup in Fukuoka on Sunday.
Takakeisho, who holds the 4th-highest rank of Komusubi, picked up 13 wins in the 15-day tournament by using his signature pushing and thrusting techniques.