Nagoya – Joint leaders Hakuho and Terunofuji continued their unbeaten march at the Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya on Tuesday, sidelining grassroots opponents to improve to a perfect 10-0.
Yokozuna Hakuho took another step towards a 45th Emperor’s Cup record by sending the No. 5 maegashiran Okinoumi in the last fight of Day 10 at the Dolphins Arena.
Promotion search ozeki Terunofuji, meanwhile, recorded double-digit wins for the fifth straight tournament with an easy victory over No.1.4 Chiyotairyu.
Having missed all or part of the previous six tournaments before knee surgery in March, Hakuho dispelled doubts about his condition during the 15-day meeting.
The tall Mongolian of origin had no trouble repelling Okinoumi (5-5), grabbing his belt from the jump and bringing him directly to the edge. He now holds a career record of 24-1 against the maegashira.
In the penultimate fight, Terunofuji scored a virtually effortless victory over Chiyotairyu (2-8), who apparently expected the referee to signal a false start.
After winning back-to-back championships, the 29-year-old Mongolian powerhouse can be promoted to the highest rank in sumo with a victory in Nagoya.
No. 11 Kotonowaka occupies the next step in the table at 8-2. The powerfully built youngster secured his all-important eighth victory forcing No. 17 Ichiyamamoto (7-3), who is set to record a victory in his Premier League debut.
“My body feels strong. I feel great and focus on what to do, ”Kotonowaka said.
Ozeki Shodai (6-4) earned his third consecutive victory by beating sekiwake Mitakeumi, who entered the fight with a 13-9 advantage in the head-to-head meetings.
Normally strong instantly, Mitakeumi (6-4) delivered a lackluster opening shot against Shodai, who held on before slapping the face.
Sekiwake Takayasu improved to 6-2-2 following a frenzied encounter with new komusubi Wakatakakage (3-7).
Dropping some 60 kilograms, the rapid Wakatakakage kept moving against Takayasu, who managed to knock the komusubi down while backing up.
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