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Tuesday, May 18, 1999

Musashimaru wins easily,
tied for lead in Tokyo

TOKYO, May 18 (Kyodo) -- Ozeki Musashimaru got in some batting practice Tuesday, knocking veteran Tochinowaka out of the ring with a series of forearm blows to maintain a share of the lead with an 8-2 record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Chasing promotion to yokozuna after lifting his fourth Emperor’s Cup at the spring tourney in March, Musashimaru got the job done for the 23rd straight time against the 37-year-old No. 5 maegashira, who left the arena at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan nursing a 4-6 record.

With five days of action left in the 15-day tourney, Musashimaru shares the lead with middle-ranking maegashira Toki and Wakanosato, who also posted their eighth wins Tuesday.

Musashimaru’s road to the top rank in sumo was made a little easier when grand champion Akebono did his fellow Hawaiian a favor by pinging out third-ranked Kotonishiki -- one of five overnight leaders -- in the day’s final bout to leave both wrestlers at 7-3.

Kotonishiki, who made off with the championship at the Kyushu meet last November, cannoned into Akebono like a pinball, sending him to the edge, but made the mistake off trying to jump to the side when the yokozuna reloaded and was swatted out by a left-arm jab.

Meanwhile, ozeki Takanonami also nailed down his seventh win as he quickly got onto the belt of fourth-ranked Aogiyama, 6-4, and yanked him over the straw bails.

Kaio shoved out top-ranked maegashira Kotonowaka, 1-9, to improve to 7-3, while fellow sekiwake Dejima also moved into a six-way tie for second place by forcing out komusubi Tochiazuma, 6-4, in the day’s most explosive bout.

However, Akinoshima -- the third of the sekiwake trio -- slipped to 5-5 after bending the knee to Mongolian No. 4 maegashira Kyokushuzan, who twisted the Futagoyama veteran to the dirt straight from the charge to boost his record to 4-6.

Komusubi Takatoriki’s nightmare tourney continued as he was slapped down by third-ranked maegashira Chiyotenzan, 5-5, and dropped to 1-9.

Earlier, No. 8 maegashira Toki sent 14th-ranked Kyokutenho of Mongolia crashing to the dirt in a match-up of 7-2 wrestlers, while No. 10 maegashira Wakanosato easily disposed of seventh-ranked Higonoumi, 6-4, to secure his majority of wins.

Tapa

Kyodo sports news summary

TOKYO, May 18 (Kyodo) -- -- Rank-and-filer Ganyu on Tuesday officially threw his hat back into the ring just 24 hours after notifying the Japan Sumo Association that he was pulling out of the ongoing summer tourney.

The 12th-ranked maegashira withdraw from the 15-day meet at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan after twisting his left ankle in a loss to veteran Terao on Sunday, but will be back in action Wednesday as he tries to avoid a possible demotion to the second-tier juryo division.

-- Ozeki Musashimaru got in some batting practice Tuesday, knocking veteran Tochinowaka out of the ring with a series of forearm blows to maintain a share of the lead with an 8-2 record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Chasing promotion to yokozuna after lifting his fourth Emperor’s Cup at the spring tourney in March, Musashimaru got the job done for the 23rd straight time against the 37-year-old No. 5 maegashira, who left the arena at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan nursing a 4-6 record.

Tapa

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