List of sumo record holders

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The Rikishi Monument for Over 50 Consecutive Wins at Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. Currently as of September 2010, the monument is carved the records of Tanikaze (63 consecutive wins), Umegatani (58), Tachiyama (56), Futabayama (69), and Chiyonofuji (53).

This is a list of records held by wrestlers of professional sumo. Only performances in official tournaments or honbasho are included here. Since 1958 six honbasho have been held every year, giving wrestlers from the modern era more opportunities to accumulate championships and wins. Before this, tournaments were held less frequently; sometimes only once or twice per year.

Names in bold indicate a still active wrestler.

Most top division championships[edit]

Most wins[edit]

Most career wins[edit]

Name Wins Years Highest rank
1 Kaiō 1047 1988–2011 Ōzeki
2 Chiyonofuji 1045 1970–91 Yokozuna
3 Ōshio 964 1962–88 Komusubi
4 Kitanoumi 951 1967–85 Yokozuna
5 Kyokutenhō 881 1992– Sekiwake
6 Wakanosato 874 1992– Sekiwake
7 Taihō 872 1956–71 Yokozuna
8 Terao 860 1979–2002 Sekiwake
9 Hakuhō 839 2001– Yokozuna
10 Akinoshima 822 1982–2003 Sekiwake

Most top division wins[edit]

Name Wins Years Highest rank
1 Kaiō 879 1993–2011 Ōzeki
2 Chiyonofuji 807 1975–91 Yokozuna
3 Kitanoumi 804 1972–84 Yokozuna
4 Taihō 746 1960–71 Yokozuna
5 Hakuhō 745 2004- Yokozuna
6 Musashimaru 706 1991–2003 Yokozuna
7 Takanohana II 701 1990-2003 Yokozuna
8 Takamiyama 683 1968–84 Sekiwake
9 Kyokutenhō 651 1998– Sekiwake
10 Konishiki 649 1984–97 Ōzeki


Most wins in a calendar year (90 bouts)[edit]

Name Wins Year
1 Hakuhō 86 2009
Hakuhō 86 2010
3 Asashōryū 84 2005
4 Kitanoumi 82 1978
Hakuhō 82 2013
6 Taihō 81 1963
7 Kitanoumi 80 1977
Chiyonofuji 80 1985
Takanohana II 80 1994
Takanohana II 80 1995

Most consecutive wins[edit]

Name Wins[2] Start End Duration Defeated by
1 Futabayama 69 7th day January 1936 3rd day January 1939 2 years 11 months 27 days Akinoumi
2 Tanikaze 63 1st day October 1778 6th day February 1782 3 years 4 months 5 days Onogawa
Hakuhō 63 14th day January 2010 2nd day November 2010 9 months 23 days Kisenosato
4 Umegatani I 58 1st day April 1876 8th day January 1881 4 years 9 months 7 days Wakashima
5 Tachiyama 56 9th day January 1912 7th day May 1916 4 years 3 months 29 days Tochigiyama
6 Chiyonofuji 53 7th day May 1988 15th day November 1988 6 months 8 days Ōnokuni
7 Taihō 45 2nd day September 1968 2nd day March 1969 6 months 0 days Toda

Most consecutive wins from entry into sumo[edit]

Name Wins Start End Duration Defeated by
1 Sakumayama 27 2nd day July 2011 13th day January 2012 6 months 12 days Senshō
2 Itai 26 1st day November 1978 11th day May 1979 6 months 10 days Ōnishiki
Tochiazuma II 26 8th day January 1995 3rd day September 1995 7 months 29 days Dewaarashi
4 Tokitenkū 22 1st day September 2002 3rd day March 2003 6 months 2 days Furuichi
5 Kototenta 21 1st day January 1986 1st day July 1986 6 months 0 days retired

Best top division win ratios[edit]

All time[edit]

The list includes yokozuna and ōzeki (the highest rank before the yokozuna rank was introduced), but excludes so-called kanban or "guest ōzeki" (usually big men drawn from local crowds to promote a tournament who would never appear on the banzuke again) and wrestlers for which insufficient data is available.

Name Win-Loss Years rate
1 Raiden 254–10 1790–1811 96.2%
2 Umegatani I 116–6 1874–1885 95.1%
3 Tanikaze 258–14 1769–1794 94.9%
4 Jinmaku 87–5 1858–1867 94.6%
5 Onogawa 144–13 1781–1797 91.7%

Modern era[edit]

In 1927, Tokyo sumo merged with Osaka sumo and most of the sumo systems were changed. The list excludes active wrestlers. As of May 25, 2014, Hakuhō's is 84.7%

Name Win-Loss Years rate
1 Taihō 746-144 1960-1971 83.8%
2 Futabayama 276-68 1932-1945 80.2%
3 Asashōryū 596-153 2001-2010 79.6%
4 Haguroyama 321-94 1937-1953 77.3%
5 Kitanoumi 804-247 1972-1985 76.5%

Most bouts[edit]

Losses by default are excluded.

Most career bouts[edit]

Name Total Years Highest rank
1 Ōshio 1891 1962-88 Komusubi
2 Terao 1795 1979-2002 Sekiwake
3 Kyokutenhō 1765 1992– Sekiwake
4 Kaiō 1731 1988-2011 Ōzeki
5 Takamiyama 1654 1964-84 Sekiwake
6 Aobajō 1630 1964-86 Sekiwake
7 Fujizakura 1613 1963-85 Sekiwake
8 Wakanosato 1586 1992– Sekiwake
9 Akinoshima 1575 1982-2003 Sekiwake
10 Mitoizumi 1564 1978-2000 Sekiwake

Most top division bouts[edit]

Name Total Years Highest rank
1 Kaiō 1444 1993-2011 Ōzeki
2 Takamiyama 1430 1968-84 Sekiwake
3 Terao 1378 1985-2001 Sekiwake
4 Kyokutenhō 1365 1998- Sekiwake
5 Akinoshima 1283 1988–2003 Sekiwake
6 Kotonowaka 1260 1990-2005 Sekiwake
7 Kirinji 1221 1974-88 Sekiwake
8 Aminishiki 1198 2000- Sekiwake
9 Tosanoumi 1183 1995-2010 Sekiwake
10 Tochinonada 1182 1997-2011 Sekiwake

Most consecutive bouts[edit]

Most consecutive career bouts[edit]

Name Total Years Highest rank
1 Aobajō 1630 1964-86 Sekiwake
2 Fujizakura 1543 1963-84 Sekiwake
3 Takatōriki 1456 1983-2002 Sekiwake
4 Takamiyama 1425 1964-81 Sekiwake
5 Dairyūgawa 1367 1961-79 Maegashira 1
6 Terao 1359 1979-97 Sekiwake
7 Hidanohana 1297 1969-89 Maegashira 1
8 Ōzutsu 1267 1978-92 Sekiwake
9 Ōtsukasa 1256 1993-2009 Maegashira 4

Most consecutive top division bouts[edit]

Name Total Years Highest rank
1 Takamiyama 1231 1968-81 Sekiwake
2 Ōzutsu 1170 1979-92 Sekiwake
3 Kurohimeyama 1065 1969-81 Sekiwake
4 Terao 1063 1985-97 Sekiwake
5 Hasegawa 1024 1965-76 Sekiwake
6 Takatōriki 975 1990-2001 Sekiwake
7 Ohikari 945 1950-63 Komusubi
8 Kitanoumi 863 1972-81 Yokozuna

Most tournaments[edit]

Most tournaments in top division[edit]

Name Total First Last Highest rank
1 Kaiō 107 July 1993 July 2011 Ōzeki
2 Takamiyama 97 January 1968 January 1984 Sekiwake
3 Kyokutenhō 93 January 1998 Sekiwake
Terao 93 March 1985 May 2001 Sekiwake
5 Akinoshima 91 March 1988 May 2003 Sekiwake
6 Kotonowaka 90 November 1990 November 2005 Sekiwake
7 Wakanosato 87 May 1998 Sekiwake
8 Kirinji 84 September 1974 September 1988 Sekiwake
9 Miyabiyama 82 March 1999 January 2013 Ōzeki
10 Chiyonofuji 81 September 1975 May 1991 Yokozuna
Konishiki 81 July 1984 November 1997 Ōzeki
Tochinonada 81 May 1997 July 2011 Sekiwake

Most tournaments at Yokozuna[edit]

Name Total First Last
1 Kitanoumi 63 July 1974 January 1985
2 Chiyonofuji 59 September 1981 May 1991
3 Taihō 58 November 1961 May 1971
4 Takanohana II 49 January 1995 January 2003
5 Akebono 48 March 1993 January 2001
6 Kashiwado 47 November 1961 July 1969
Wajima 47 July 1973 March 1981
8 Asashōryū 42 March 2003 January 2010
Hakuhō 42 July 2007
10 Chiyonoyama 32 September 1951 January 1959

Most tournaments at Ōzeki[edit]

Name Total First Last Ended by
1 Chiyotaikai 65 March 1999 November 2009 Demotion
Kaiō 65 September 2000 July 2011 Retirement
3 Takanohana I 50 November 1972 January 1981 Retirement
4 Kotoōshū 47 January 2006 November 2013 Demotion
5 Hokuten'yū 44 July 1983 September 1990 Retirement
6 Konishiki 39 July 1987 November 1993 Demotion
7 Takanonami 37 March 1994 May 2000 Demotion
8 Asashio 36 May 1983 March 1989 Retirement
9 Yutakayama 34 March 1963 September 1968 Retirement
10 Kotozakura 32 November 1967 January 1973 Promotion
Musashimaru 32 March 1994 May 1999 Promotion

Most tournaments in junior san'yaku (Komusubi and Sekiwake ranks)[edit]

Name Total First Last Highest rank
1 Kotonishiki 34 September 1990 September 1999 Sekiwake
2 Kaiō 32 May 1994 July 2000 Ōzeki
3 Musōyama 31 March 1994 September 2000 Ōzeki
4 Hasegawa 30 November 1965 September 1974 Sekiwake
Kotomitsuki 30 January 2001 July 2007 Ōzeki
6 Akinoshima 27 November 1988 September 2000 Sekiwake
Takamiyama 27 November 1969 September 1982 Sekiwake
8 Takatōriki 26 May 1991 May 2000 Sekiwake
Wakanosato 26 November 2000 September 2005 Sekiwake
10 Daikirin 22 November 1966 September 1970 Ōzeki
Tochiazuma II 22 July 1997 January 2005 Ōzeki
Kisenosato 22 July 2006 September 2011 Ōzeki

Progress to top division[edit]

The table for the fastest progress shows wrestlers with the fewest tournaments from their professional debut to their top division debut since the six tournaments a year system was introduced in 1958. It excludes makushita tsukedashi entrants who made their debut in the third makushita division.

Fastest progress to top division[edit]

Name Tournaments Pro Debut Top division debut Highest rank
1 Jōkōryū 9 May 2011 November 2012 Maegashira 7
2 Ōsunaarashi 10 March 2012 November 2013 Maegashira 3
3 Kotoōshū 11 November 2002 September 2004 Ōzeki
Aran 11 January 2007 November 2008 Sekiwake
5 Itai 12 September 1978 September 1980 Komusubi
Konishiki 12 July 1982 July 1984 Ōzeki
Tochiazuma II 12 November 1994 November 1996 Ōzeki
Asashōryū 12 January 1999 January 2001 Yokozuna
Tokitenkū 12 July 2002 July 2004 Komusubi
Yoshikaze 12 January 2004 January 2006 Komusubi
Baruto 12 May 2004 May 2006 Ōzeki
Sakaizawa 12 March 2006 March 2008 Maegashira 15
Yamamotoyama 12 January 2007 January 2009 Maegashira 9

Slowest progress to top division[edit]

Name Tournaments Pro Debut Top division debut Highest rank
1 Hoshiiwato 115 May 1970 July 1989 Maegashira 14
2 Kyokunankai 105 March 1993 September 2010 Maegashira 16
3 Yoshiazuma 93 January 1996 September 2011 Maegashira 12
4 Kotokasuga 91 March 1993 May 2008 Maegashira 7
5 Kototsubaki 89 March 1976 January 1991 Maegashira 3
6 Toyozakura 88 March 1989 November 2003 Maegashira 5
7 Takanomine 87 September 1974 March 1989 Maegashira 12
8 Kitazakura 86 March 1987 July 2001 Maegashira 9
9 Daimanazuru 85 May 1992 July 2006 Maegashira 16
10 Ōnohana 84 March 1974 March 1988 Maegashira 13

Most special prizes[edit]

Special prizes or sanshō were first awarded in 1947. They can only be given to wrestlers ranked at sekiwake or below. For a list of leading current special prize winner, see here

Name Total Outstanding
Performance
Fighting
Spirit
Technique Years Highest rank
1 Akinoshima 19 7 8 4 1988-99 Sekiwake
2 Kotonishiki 18 7 3 8 1990-98 Sekiwake
3 Kaiō 15 10 5 0 1994-2000 Ōzeki
4 Tsurugamine 14 2 2 10 1956-66 Sekiwake
Asashio 14 10 3 1 1979-83 Ōzeki
Takatōriki 14 3 10 1 1990-2000 Sekiwake
7 Musōyama 13 5 4 4 1994-2000 Ōzeki
Tosanoumi 13 7 5 1 1995-2003 Sekiwake
Kotomitsuki 13 2 4 7 2000-07 Ōzeki
10 Tochiazuma II 12 3 2 7 1996-2001 Ōzeki
11 Takamiyama 11 6 5 0 1968-81 Sekiwake
Daiju 11 4 1 6 1970-73 Ōzeki
Kirinji 11 4 4 3 1975-88 Sekiwake
Hoshi 11 3 3 5 1983-86 Yokozuna

Most gold stars[edit]

Gold stars or kinboshi are awarded to maegashira ranked wrestlers who defeat a yokozuna. For a list of current kinboshi earners, see here.

Name Total Years Highest rank
1 Akinoshima 16 1988-99 Sekiwake
2 Takamiyama 12 1968-78 Sekiwake
Tochinonada 12 1998-2008 Sekiwake
4 Tosanoumi 11 1995-2003 Sekiwake
5 Kitanonada 10 1954-61 Sekiwake
Annenyama 10 1955-61 Sekiwake
Tsurugamine 10 1955-61 Sekiwake
Dewanishiki 10 1949-63 Sekiwake
Ōzutsu 10 1979-86 Sekiwake
10 Mitsuneyama 9 1944-57 Ōzeki
Tamanoumi 9 1953-58 Sekiwake
Hasegawa 9 1965-74 Sekiwake
Fujizakura 9 1973-81 Sekiwake
Takatoriki 9 1990-98 Sekiwake

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Raiden is said to have won 28 tournaments between 1790 and 1810, Tanikaze 21 between 1772 and 1793, and Kashiwado 16 between 1812 and 1822. Tachiyama won two unofficial championships and nine official, giving him a total of 11.
  2. ^ the winning streaks of Tanikaze, Umegatani, and Tachiyama were interrupted by draws and rest days. The others listed were all wins only.

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