Tokushoryu receives the Emperor's Cup from the head of the Japan Sumo Association

No-one could have predicted the victory of sumo wrestler Tokushoryu – the lowest ranked competitor at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

But win he did and burst into tears after beating his opponent in a rare public display of emotion.

He ended the 15-day contest on Sunday with 14 wins and one defeat.

His victory means Tokushoryu is the first bottom-ranked sumo wrestler to win a top-division title since March 2000.

The wrestler – who weighs 188kg (414lb) and is 1.81m (5ft9ins) tall – beat his opponent Takakeisho, a champion wrestler, out of the dohyo ring at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium.

After his victory, some spectators described how he was crying one minute, laughing the next.

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