TOKYO, May 11 (Kyodo) - Yokozuna Takanohana looked back to his devastating best on Thursday, picking up another easy win to join rank-and-filers Toki and Hayateumi in the lead at 5-0 in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Takanohana rock solid
at 5-0, Akebono one back
Takanohana, chasing his 21st Emperor's Cup, again showed textbook lower-body technique as he closed down the offense of No. 3 maegashira Oginishiki (2-3) before muscling him over the straw bails in the day's penultimate bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Hawaiian-born yokozuna Akebono, meanwhile, bounced back from a loss on Tuesday and a fortuitous win on Wednesday to bulldoze out sekiwake Kaio, leaving both wrestlers one step off the pace at 4-1 in the 15-day meet.
Chiyotaikai also boosted his record to 4-1 as he mugged winless No. 2 maegashira Wakanoyama, while fellow ozeki Dejima chalked up his third victory by barging out komusubi Takatoriki (2-3), the surprise winner of the spring tourney in March.
Takanonami, who needs eight wins to avoid demotion from ozeki after a losing record in Osaka, hit a snag after a 4-0 start as No. 1 maegashira Tochinonada wriggled under his defenses to pull out a belt-less throw and improve to 2-3.
Meanwhile, ozeki prospect Miyabiyama got back on track by shoving out fourth-ranked maegashira Tamakasuga (3-2) in a scrappy bout to up his record to 4-1.
Komusubi Tosanoumi crunched down sekiwake Tochiazuma (3-2) straight from the face-off to improve to 2-3, while Mongolian No. 4 maegashira Kyokushuzan broke his duck by twisting down top-ranked Asanowaka, who slipped to an identical 1-4 record.
However, No. 6 maegashira Kyokutenho was unable to make it two wins out of two for Mongolia, taking a loss to eighth-ranked Tokitsuumi which left both men at 2-3.
Results of main bouts on 5th day of summer sumo tourneyTOKYO, May 11 (Kyodo) - Results of makuuchi division bouts on Thursday, the fifth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):
Won Technique Lost+Aminishiki 3-2 shitatenage Aogiyama 1-4
+Tamamisakari 5-0 hatakikomi Asanosho 0-5
Higonoumi 2-3 oshidashi Terao 1-4
Hayateumi 5-0 yorikiri Kotonowaka 4-1
Jumonji 3-2 tsukiotoshi Kinkaiyama 2-3
Toki 5-0 tsukidashi Tochinohana 4-1
Shikishima 3-2 okuridashi Chiyotenzan 1-4
Tokitsuumi 2-3 yorikiri Kyokutenho 2-3
Kotoryu 4-1 yorikiri Takanowaka 2-3
Akinoshima 3-2 yorikiri Kaiho 1-4
Hamanoshima 1-4 yoritaoshi Daizen 0-5
Kyokushuzan 1-4 tottari Asanowaka 1-4
Tosanoumi 2-3 tsukiotoshi Tochiazuma 3-2
Miyabiyama 4-1 yorikiri Tamakasuga 3-2
Dejima 3-2 oshidashi Takatoriki 2-3
Tochinonada 2-3 sukuinage Takanonami 4-1
Chiyotaikai 4-1 oshidashi Wakanoyama 0-5
Takanohana 5-0 yorikiri Oginishiki 2-3
Akebono 4-1 yorikiri Kaio 4-1
Main bouts for 6th day of Summer Grand Sumo TournamentTOKYO, May 11 (Kyodo) - Makuuchi division bouts for Friday, the sixth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo: (+ denotes juryo division wrestler)
+Aminishiki x - x Terao
+Otsukasa x - x Asanosho
Aogiyama 6 - 12 Higonoumi
Shikishima 0 - 0 Tochinohana
Toki 0 - 0 Jumonji
Takanowaka 0 - 0 Kotonowaka
Hayateumi 0 - 0 Akinoshima
Kyokutenho 2 - 1 Kinkaiyama
Tokitsuumi 3 - 2 Chiyotenzan
Oginishiki 4 - 5 Kotoryu
Kaiho 1 - 2 Daizen
Wakanoyama 4 - 0 Hamanoshima
Tosanoumi 3 - 0 Asanowaka
Miyabiyama 2 - 2 Takatoriki
Chiyotaikai 4 - 7 Tochiazuma
Dejima 5 - 1 Tochinonada
Kyokushuzan 5 - 7 Takanonami
Akebono 6 - 3 Tamakasuga
Kaio 10 - 23 Takanohana
TOKYO (AP) - Yokozuna (grand champion) Takanohana remained undefeated at 5-0, sharing the lead with lower-ranked wrestlers Toki and Hayateumi, Thursday, the fifth day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo tournament.
undefeated at 5-0
Yokozuna Akebono, or Chad Rowan, stayed one step behind the three leaders at 4-1 along with seven other wrestlers, including ozekis (champions) Chiyotaikai and Takanonami and sekiwake (junior champion) Miyabiyama.
Wrestling at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo arena in downtown Tokyo, Takanohana, seeking his 21st tournament victory, grabbed No. 3 maegashira (senior wrestler) Oginishiki's belt and forced him out, leaving Oginishiki at 2-3.
Toki thrust out No. 12 maegashira Tochinohana and Hayateumi forced out No. 14 maegashira Kotonowaka. Both Tochinohana and Kotonowaka are 4-1.
In the day's final bout, Akebono charged komusubi (junior champion second class) Kaio with fierce hand thrusts and forced him out, handing Kaio his first defeat against four victories.
In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai pushed out winless No. 2 maegashira Wakanoyama.
No. 1 maegashira Tochinonada twisted down ozeki Takanonami after fighting off Takanonami's driving attempts. Tochinonada is 2-3.
Ozeki Dejima thrust out komusubi Takatoriki, winner of the last tournament in March, for his third victory against two defeats. Takatoriki is 2-3.
Miyabiyama, seeking promotion to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki by winning at least 10 bouts, bulldozed out No. 4 maegashira Tamakasuga, leaving Tamakasuga at 3-2.
No. 4 maegashira Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa, threw down No. 1 maegashira Asanowaka, leaving both wrestlers at 1-4.
No. 8 maegashira Tokitsuumi sent out No. 6 maegashira Kyokutenho for his second victory against three defeats. Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, is also 2-3.
In the 26-member Juryo, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 10-ranked Hoshitango, or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, pulled down No. 8-ranked Tamanokuni, leaving both wrestlers at 2-3.
No. 6-ranked Yotsukasa sent out No. 2-ranked Sentoryu, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, for his second victory against three defeats. Sentoryu is 1-4.
In makushita, the top junior division, No. 47-ranked Kasugaoh (2-1), or Kim Son-tek from South Korea, threw down No. 46-ranked Wakatenryu.
No. 51-ranked Kyokutenzan (2-1), or Mongolian Enkhbat Batmunkha, also threw down No. 60-ranked Aoba.
In sandanme, the second highest junior division, No. 82-ranked Azumaoh (2-1), or Brazilian Yasuto Morita, pushed out No. 81-ranked Tamanotaka.
No. 93-ranked Ryuo (1-2), or Wang Yu from Shanghai, China, was sent out by No. 94-ranked Hayate.
In jonidan, the third highest junior division, No. 80-ranked Asasekiryu (3-0), or Mongolian Badaarch Dashunyam, thrust out No. 76-ranked Seishiro.
No. 130-ranked Hakuba (2-1), or Mongolian Ariunbayar Unurjargal, thrust out No. 131-ranked Tomimatsu.
No. 112-ranked Fudoyama (2-1), or Mongolian Nyamjuv Luvsandorj, was sent out by No. 115-ranked Kurenoumi.
Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the 15-day tournament.
Results of main sumo boutsTOKYO (AP) - Results of main bouts Thursday, the fifth day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena:
Winners LosersAminishiki (juryo) (3-2) Aogiyama (1-4)
Takamisakari (juryo) (5-0) Asanosho (0-5)
Higonoumi (2-3) Terao (1-4)
Hayateumi (5-0) Kotonowaka (4-1)
Jumonji (3-2) Kinkaiyama (2-3)
Toki (5-0) Tochinohana (4-1)
Shikishima (3-2) Chiyotenzan (1-4)
Tokitsuumi (2-3) Kyokutenho (2-3)
Kotoryu (4-1) Takanowaka (2-3)
Akinoshima (3-2) Kaiho (1-4)
Hamanoshima (1-4) Daizen (0-5)
Kyokushuzan (1-4) Asanowaka (1-4)
Tosanoumi (2-3) Tochiazuma (3-2)
Miyabiyama (4-1) Tamakasuga (3-2)
Dejima (3-2) Takatoriki (2-3)
Tochinonada (2-3) Takanonami (4-1)
Chiyotaikai (4-1) Wakanoyama (0-5)
Takanohana (5-0) Oginishiki (2-3)
Akebono (4-1) Kaio (4-1)
Juryo DivisionHoshitango (2-3) Tamanokuni (2-3)
Yotsukasa (2-3) Sentoryu (1-4)
MakushitaKasugaoh (2-1) Wakatenryu
Kyokutenzan (2-1) Aoba
SandanmeAzumaoh (2-1) Tamanotaka
Hayate Ryuo (1-2)
JonidanAsasekiryu (3-0) Seishiro
Kurenoumi Fudoyama (2-1)
Hakuba (2-1) Tomimatsu
(Junior division wrestlers have only seven bouts during the tournament. Records of foreign wrestlers' opponents were not available.)
Friday's main bouts:Aminishiki (juryo) Terao
Otsukasa (juryo) Asanosho
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