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Thursday, November 11, 1999

Tosanoumi, Toki
hang onto lead;
a step behind

FUKUOKA -- Tosanoumi ran Asanosho out of the ring -- twice -- and Toki pulled down Terao on Thursday to remain the unbeaten co-leaders five days into the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Yokozuna Musashimaru, meanwhile, narrowly avoided a second upset loss and resurgent grand champion Takanohana won handily to lead a chase pack of eight wrestlers with four wins and one loss in the 15-day tourney at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Komusubi Tosanoumi, who owns wins over all three ozeki already, had a easy time with Asanosho (1-4), pummeling the No. 3 maegashira out of the ring twice after ringside judges did not allow his first win when he failed to get both fists down for the start.

No. 5 maegashira Toki kept pace by setting Terao (1-4) up with a series of thrusts at the face-off and then dragging the 36-year-old veteran to the ring's surface for his fifth win.

In the day's final bout, Musashimaru, hoping to cap his best year ever with a fourth championship, was nearly whipped out of the ring by sekiwake Kaio (2-3), who caught the yokozuna by the left arm and cranked him to the edge of the ring.

Musashimaru, however, dug in against the straw ridge and then reversed the flow of the bout to belly out the sekiwake for the win.

Takanohana, meanwhile, muscled out Kyokushuzan for his fourth straight win after an opening-day loss while the No. 3 maegashira remains winless.

Takanohana, the winner of 20 Emperor's Cups in his career but without a tournament triumph in more than a year, appeared renewed as he shrugged off the Mongolian trickster's attempted throws and methodically worked his opponent to the edge for the final push.

Also at 4-1 after Thursday's bouts, ozeki Takanonami fought off a determined Kotonishiki (2-3) with an arm throw, whipping the No. 2 maegashira around to the edge and then bumping him over the ridge.

Ozeki Dejima beat top maegashira Tamakasuga at the charge and whisked him out of the ring for an easy win. Tamakasuga dropped to 1-4.

Sekiwake Tochiazuma also improved to 4-1 with an upset win over Chiyotaikai (3-2), ducking under the ozeki's thrusting attack and then hustling him out from behind.

In an early bout between 1-3 wrestlers, No. 10 maegashira Hamanoshima walked out Kyoshuzan for a second win. Kyokushuzan, wrestling at a personal-best eighth meagashira ranking, slips to 1-4.

Results of main bouts on 5th day
of Kyushu sumo tourney

Results of makuuchi division bouts Thursday, the fifth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center:

Won -- Technique -- Lost
Daizen 3-2 -- sukuinage -- Tokitsuumi 2-3
Tochinonada 4-1 -- yorikiri -- Otsukasa 3-2
Ohinode 4-1 -- shitatenage -- Kaiho 3-2
Shikishima 3-2 -- yorikiri -- Ganyu 0-5
Hamanoshima 2-3 -- yorikiri -- Kyokutenho 1-4
Takanowaka 4-1 -- hatakikomi -- Higonoumi 3-2
Asanowaka 1-4 -- oshidashi -- Minatofuji 3-2
Wakanosato 3-2 -- yorikiri -- Wakanoyama 2-3
Chiyotenzan 2-3 -- shitatenage -- Kotonowaka 3-2
Kotoryu 2-3 -- tsukiotoshi -- Aogiyama 1-4
Toki 5-0 -- hikiotoshi -- Terao 1-4
Musoyama 3-2 -- okuridashi -- Takatoriki 0-5
Tosanoumi 5-0 -- oshidashi -- Asanosho 1-4
Miyabiyama 1-4 -- okuridashi -- Akinoshima 2-3
Tochiazuma 4-1 -- oshidashi -- Chiyotaikai 3-2
Takanonami 4-1 -- yorikiri -- Kotonishiki 2-3
Dejima 4-1 -- oshidashi -- Tamakasuga 1-4
Takanohana 4-1 -- yorikiri -- Kyokushuzan 0-5
Musashimaru 4-1 -- yorikiri -- Kaio 2-3

Results in Scoreboard

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