FUKUOKA, Nov. 17 (Kyodo) -- Ozeki Dejima looked like a man on a mission Wednesday as he blasted his way to another quick-fire win, boosting his record to 10-1 to keep his nose in front of the chasing pack at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Leader Dejima in a
hurry again at Kyushu
The fact that he had lost five out of seven previous bouts against fifth-ranked maegashira Kotonowaka paled in comparison to the statistic that showed Dejima had taken less than seven seconds in each of his wins so far at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.
Kotonowaka never looked like lasting seven seconds as Dejima, who sensationally won this summer's Nagoya tourney, exploded from the blocks and quickly bulldozed his taller opponent back over the straw bails to his seventh loss of the 15-day meet.
Tosanoumi, who went 12-3 in Kyushu last year, kept up the pressure on Dejima by wrapping up fellow komusubi Akinoshima (2-9) and bellying the Futagoyama stable veteran out of the ring to improve to 9-2.
Meanwhile, yokozuna Takanohana again hinted that he could be back to his scary best with a typically methodical win over No. 5 maegashira Toki, which left both wrestlers at 8-3.
Unfazed by Toki's bright orange "mawashi," bushy sideburns and furious slapping attack, Takanohana bobbed and swayed and waited for his chance to get onto his opponent's belt. The fat lady had already left the building once he secured his favorite left-hand grip.
Yokozuna Musashimaru also boosted his record to 8-3 by bumping out No. 4 maegashira Aogiyama (4-7) in the day's final bout.
Chiyotaikai was nearly tagged with his fourth loss in an ozeki clash with Takanonami, but managed to tiptoe his way out of danger and pull out a Hail-Mary throw at the edge to join the five-man posse at 8-3. Takanonami slipped to a precarious 5-6.
Sekiwake Tochiazuma missed the chance to join Tosanoumi on 9-2 as he was pinged into the third row of ringside cushions by komusubi Musoyama, who improved to 7-4 with the win.
Kaio salvaged some sekiwake pride, however, by running out second-ranked maegashira Takatoriki (2-9) to chalk up his seventh victory of the meet.
Mongolian No. 3 maegashira Kyokushuzan dragged down sixth-ranked Wakanoyama (4-7) to notch only his third win, but compatriot Kyokutenho, a No. 8 maegashira, was waltzed out by 14th-ranked Takanowaka (7-4) and slipped to 4-7.
Results of main bouts on 11h day of Kyushu sumoFUKUOKA, Nov. 17 (Kyodo) -- Results of makuuchi division bouts Wednesday, the 11th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):
Won Technique Lost+Oikari 9-2 oshidashi Daizen 3-8
Ohinode 7-4 okuridashi Otsukasa 5-6
Tokitsuumi 7-4 uwatehineri Wakanosato 5-6
Asanowaka 6-5 hatakikomi Tochinonada 7-4
Chiyotenzan 7-4 yorikiri Shikishima 7-4
Takanowaka 7-4 yorikiri Kyokutenho 4-7
Kaiho 7-4 yorikiri Higonoumi 6-5
Hamanoshima 6-5 uwatenage Minatofuji 5-6
Kotoryu 6-5 oshidashi Asanosho 2-9
Kyokushuzan 3-8 hikiotoshi Wakanoyama 4-7
Miyabiyama 5-6 oshidashi Terao 3-8
Kotonishiki 4-7 yorikiri Tamakasuga 2-9
Tosanoumi 9-2 yorikiri Akinoshima 2-9
Musoyama 7-4 oshidashi Tochiazuma 8-3
Kaio 7-4 okuridashi Takatoriki 2-9
Chiyotaikai 8-3 tsukiotoshi Takanonami 5-6
Dejima 10-1 oshidashi Kotonowaka 4-7
Takanohana 8-3 yorikiri Toki 8-3
Musashimaru 8-3 oshidashi Aogiyama 4-7
Thursday's bouts+Hayateumi x - x Daizen
Takanowaka 0 - 0 Otsukasa
Kyokutenho 1 - 2 Ohinode
Tokitsuumi 1 - 1 Chiyotenzan
Minatofuji 0 - 6 Kaiho
Tochinonada 1 - 4 Higonoumi
Wakanoyama 2 - 0 Hamanoshima
Shikishima 11 - 4 Kotoryu
Kotonowaka 4 - 0 Wakanosato
Kyokushuzan 5 - 3 Asanowaka
Terao 5 - 6 Asanosho
Takatoriki 18 - 26 Kotonishiki
Tamakasuga 4 - 12 Akinoshima
Kaio 12 - 5 Tosanoumi
Miyabiyama 1 - 2 Tochiazuma
Chiyotaikai 2 - 5 Musoyama
Takanonami 5 - 6 Dejima
Musashimaru 4 - 0 Toki
Aogiyama 2 - 8 Takanohana
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) -- Ozeki (champion) Dejima sent out lower-ranked Kotonowaka and kept a sole lead at 10-1 on Wednesday with four days left in the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo tournament.
Dejima keeps sole
lead at 10-1
One victory behind Dejima at 9-2 is komusubi (junior champion second class) Tosanoumi.
Tied at 8-3 are five wrestlers -- two yokozunas (grand champions) Musashimaru and Takanohana, ozeki (champion) Chiyotaikai, sekiwake (junior champion) Tochiazuma and No. 5 maegashira (senior wrestler) Toki.
Wrestling at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the 25-year-old Dejima, seeking his first tournament victory, bulldozed out No. 5 maegashira Kotonowaka, leaving Kotonowaka at 4-7.
Tosanoumi grabbed komusubi Akinoshima's belt tightly and sent him out, handing Akinoshima his ninth defeat against two victories.
In the day's final bout, Hawaii-born yokozuna Musashimaru, whose real name is Fiamalu Penitani, charged No. 4 maegashira Aogiyama with a series of hand thrusts and pushed him out. Aogiyama is 4-7.
Takanohana fought off Toki's hand thrusts, grabbed his foe's belt and drove him out.
In other major bouts, ozeki Takanonami pushed Chiyotaikai to the ring's edge, but Chiyotaikai tossed him down at the ring's edge, leaving Takanonami at 5-6.
Komusubi Musoyama charged Tochiazuma with hand thrusts against his foe's throat and sent him out for his seventh victory against four defeats.
No. 3 maegashira Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa, pulled down No. 6 maegashira Wakanoyama for his third victory against eight defeats. Wakanoyama is 4-7.
No. 14 maegashira Wakanoyama grabbed No. 8 maegashira Kyokutenho's belt and forced him out for his seventh victory against four defeats. Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, is 4-7.
In the 26-member juryo division, No. 8-ranked Hoshitango, or Imach Marcelo Salomon of Argentina, slapped down No. 3-ranked Dewaarashi for his seventh victory against four defeats. Dewaarashi is 6-5.
No. 13-ranked Sentoryu, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, also slapped down equally ranked Tamarikido for his sixth victory against five defeats. Tamarikido is 5-6.
In the top junior makushita division, No. 21-ranked Kuniazuma (5-1), or Brazilian Vander Ramos, threw down No. 16-ranked Tamanokuni.
No. 27-ranked Asashoyu (5-1), or Mongolian Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, crushed down No. 22-ranked Ogura.
No. 52-ranked Hoshiandesu (5-1), or Argentine Jose Antonio Juarez, slapped down No. 55-ranked Aoba.
In sandanme, the second highest junior division, No. 11-ranked Azumaoh (2-4), or Brazilian Yasuto Morita, was pushed out by No. 7-ranked Fukooryu.
No. 28-ranked Kasugaoh (5-1), or Kim Son-tek from South Korea, forced out No. 22-ranked Shiganoumi.
No. 66-ranked Kaihakusan (4-2), or South Korean Baeg Yun-gi, was thrown down by No. 61-ranked Ootsuna.
No. 81-ranked Ryuo (4-2), or Wang Yu from Shanghai, China, crushed down No. 77-ranked Ichinohana.
In jonidan, the third highest junior division, No. 94-ranked Kotonomori (3-3), or Brazilian Mario Fuchiue, was sent out by No. 99-ranked Ookita.
No. 131-ranked Ryukizan (3-3), or South Korean Kim Soo-young, was pushed down by No. 132-ranked Takada.
Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the 15-day tournament.
Results of main sumo boutsFUKUOKA, Japan (AP) -- Results of main bouts Wednesday, the 11th day of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center:
Winners LosersOikari (juryo) (9-2) Daizen (3-8)
Ohinode (7-4) Otsukasa (5-6)
Tokitsuumi (7-4) Wakanosato (5-6)
Asanowaka (6-5) Tochinonada (7-4)
Chiyotenzan (7-4) Shikishima (7-4)
Takanowaka (7-4) Kyokutenho (4-7)
Kaiho (7-4) Higonoumi (6-5)
Hamanoshima (6-5) Minatofuji (5-6)
Kotoryu (6-5) Asanosho (2-9)
Kyokushuzan (3-8) Wakanoyama (4-7)
Miyabiyama (5-6) Terao (3-8)
Kotonishiki (4-7) Tamakasuga (2-9)
Tosanoumi (9-2) Akinoshima (2-9)
Musoyama (7-4) Tochiazuma (8-3)
Kaio (7-4) Takatoriki (2-9)
Chiyotaikai (8-3) Takanonami (5-6)
Dejima (10-1) Kotonowaka (4-7)
Takanohana (8-3) Toki (8-3)
Musashimaru (8-3) Aogiyama (4-7)
Juryo DivisionSentoryu (6-5) Tamarikido (5-6)
Hoshitango (7-4) Dewaarashi (6-5)
Kuniazuma (5-1) Tamanokuni
Asashoyu (5-1) Ogura
Hoshiandesu (5-1) Aoba
Fukouryu Azumaoh (2-4)
Kasugaoh (5-1) Shiganoumi
Ootsuna Kaihakusan (4-2)
Ryuo (4-2) Ichinohana
Ookita Kotonomori (3-3)
Takada Ryukizan (3-3)
(Junior division wrestlers have only seven bouts during the tournament. Records of foreign wrestlers' opponents were not available.)
Thursday's main bouts:Hayateumi (juryo) Daizen
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