Title favorite Terunofuji continued to rack up wins in a dominant fashion, while struggling ozeki Takakeisho finally won for his first victory on Wednesday at the Grand Sumo Fall Tournament.
The solitary yokozuna in the absence of Hakuho, whose team was sidelined following two cases of COVID-19, Terunofuji (4-0) remained undefeated in his first tournament at the top of sumo in sending No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji on day 4 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
After beating two of the three opponents sanyaku ranks below the yokozuna, Hokutofuji (2-2) made little ground with a pushing attack against Terunofuji, who kept the maegashira at arm’s length and calmly waited for an opening to pull him towards clay.
Terunofuji will face the undefeated Mongolian number one. 2 Kiribayama (4-0) on Day 5 of the 15-day tournament.
After a nightmarish 0-3 start, Takakeisho faced the dangerous Mongolian number. 1 Hoshoryu in the penultimate fight of the day.
Lacking his usual explosive power on the jump, Takakeisho traded blows with the maegashira lighter and held it off his belt before slapping it.
Competition as a threat of demotion kadoban ozeki following his retirement in July with a neck injury, Takakeisho, 25, must post a winning record here to stay in second place.
Ozeki Shodai (3-1) beat No. 1 Takanosho for his third consecutive victory after starting the tournament with a loss to Hoshoryu.
Takanosho (1-3) opened with a strong pushing attack before Shodai moved to the side and pushed the old sekiwake down.
Sekiwake Mitakeumi achieved a rare victory over his longtime enemy, komusubi Takayasu, who suffered his fourth straight loss on a gruesome start to the competition.
Entering the fight with just six wins in their previous 25 encounters, Mitakeumi pulled the winless former ozeki onto the sandy surface to move to 3-1.
New sekiwake Meisei improved to 2-2 beating the rising number one. 3 Kotonowaka (2-2), ending their close bout at the edge with a skillful throw under their arms.
The imposing Mongolian komusubi Ichinojo (1-3) continued to struggle, bowing by force to the undefeated candidate of sanyaku Kiribayama.
No. 13 Tsurugisho (1-3) lost his fight against No. 17 Chiyonokuni (4-0) after registering a high temperature, but is expected to resume his activities on day 5 after testing negative for the coronavirus.
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