Rank-and-file wrestler Abi has won the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after the first three-way playoff in 28 years.
After the final bouts on Sunday, Abi was tied with Ozeki champion Takakeisho and rank-and-filer Takayasu with 12 wins and three losses each.
Abi beat his two opponents in the playoff to clinch his first title.
Rank-and-file wrestlers have won three consecutive tournaments for the first time ever.
This is also the first time in 31 years that different wrestlers have won each of the year's six tournaments.