TOKYO, May 16 (Kyodo) - Asashoryu dragged down Kaio to get back on the winning track at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday while taking the air out of the ozeki's bid for promotion to grand champion.
Asashoryu stops Kaio,
Yokozuna Takanohana, meanwhile, had little trouble against Tochinonada, backing the winless sekiwake out of the ring at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan for his fourth straight win and a share of the lead in the 15-day tourney.
Ozeki Chiyotaikai and three rank-and-file maegashira, including 15th-ranked Kyokushuzan of Mongolia, also sport perfect 4-0 records.
In the day's most anticipated bout, Asashoryu came out with all guns blazing against Kaio, hitting the ozeki with a barrage of thrusts to the chest but failed to get the ozeki to give ground.
Kaio, stung with an upset loss the day before, appeared to take control of the bout when he locked up newly promoted komusubi and started to pitch Asashoryu to the ring's surface.
Asashoryu showed some flexibility and strength to fend off the throw attempt and then, latching onto the back of the ozeki's sash, countered with his own belt throw and knee trap to notch his third upset win of the basho.
Kaio, meanwhile, fell to his second loss and will now need some help to win his second straight championship and secure promotion to sumo's ultimate rank of yokozuna.
In other major bouts, Takanohana (4-0) disposed of Tochinonada (0-4) in grand champion fashion, but fellow yokozuna Musashimaru (2-2) struggled against Wakanosato before finally driving the top out to his first loss.
Chiyotaikai, who missed all of the spring tourney in March, remained perfect by getting out of the way of overly eager Kotomitsuki and slapping the komusubi down to a second loss.
The Musashigawa stable's trio of ozeki continued to look like the "Three Stooges" as only Musoyama (2-2) could manage a win with a whip-over arm throw against Takanowaka (1-3).
Dejima (1-3) was tripped out of the ring by Chiyotenzan (2-2) and Miyabiyama (2-2) slipped and fell trying to get fancy with previously winless Tamanoshima (1-3).
In earlier bouts, Kyokushuzan kept his record perfect at the premier division's lowest rung, pulling down Daizen (1-3) while Mongolian compatriot Kyokutenho dragged Kaiho (1-3) to his knees for his third win.
TOKYO, May 16 (Kyodo) - Results of makuuchi division bouts Wednesday, the fourth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):
Results of day four
Won Technique LostKyokushuzan 4-0 hikiotoshi Daizen 1-3
+Aogiyama 1-3 oshidashi Takatoriki 1-3
Tochinohana 3-1 yoritaoshi Hamanishiki 0-4
Toki 3-1 tsukitaoshi Aminishiki 3-1
Wakatsutomu 4-0 oshidashi Terao 1-3
Asanowaka 1-3 tsukiotoshi Otsukasa 2-2
Higonoumi 4-0 uwatedashinage Kotonowaka 1-3
Akinoshima 1-3 yorikiri Jumonji 2-2
Kyokutenho 3-1 sabaori Kaiho 1-3
Tokitsuumi 1-3 yorikiri Tochisakae 2-2
Takanonami 3-1 hikiotoshi Tamakasuga 1-3
Hayateumi 3-1 yorikiri Wakanoyama 1-3
Tochiazuma 3-1 hatakikomi Tosanoumi 1-3
Chiyotenzan 2-2 susotori Dejima 1-3
Musoyama 2-2 sukuinage Takanowaka 1-3
Asashoryu 3-1 shitatenage Kaio 2-2
Chiyotaikai 4-0 hatakikomi Kotomitsuki 2-2
Tamanoshima 1-3 shitatedashinage Miyabiyama 2-2
Takanohana 4-0 yorikiri Tochinonada 0-4
Musashimaru 2-2 oshidashi Wakanosato 3-1
Thursday's bouts+Wakatoryu x - x Tochinohana
Toki 1 - 0 Daizen
Takatoriki 0 - 0 Hamanishiki
Wakatsutomu 0 - 0 Kyokushuzan
Higonoumi 1 - 1 Aminishiki
Asanowaka 2 - 9 Akinoshima
Otsukasa 1 - 2 Terao
Kotonowaka 2 - 5 Kyokutenho
Jumonji 0 - 0 Takanonami
Kaiho 1 - 1 Hayateumi
Tamakasuga 5 - 3 Tokitsuumi
Wakanoyama 0 - 1 Tochisakae
Tochinonada 2 - 1 Kotomitsuki
Tosanoumi 6 - 3 Miyabiyama
Dejima 3 - 1 Takanowaka
Chiyotenzan 0 - 3 Musoyama
Kaio 10 - 7 Tochiazuma
Chiyotaikai 0 - 0 Asashoryu
Tamanoshima 0 - 0 Musashimaru
Takanohana 0 - 6 Wakanosato
TOKYO (AP) - Ozeki (champion) Kaio, seeking a promotion to yokozuna (grand champion) with a victory in this tournament, suffered his second upset defeat to Mongolian Asashoryu on Wednesday, the fourth day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Ozeki Kaio suffers
second defeat to
Yokozuna Takanohana and ozeki Chiyotaikai remained undefeated at 4-0 along with three lower-ranked wrestlers, including No. 15 maegashira (senior wrestler) Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa.
Yokozuna Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, sent out No. 1 maegashira Wakanosato for his second victory against two defeats. Wakanosato is 3-1.
Visiting President of Guatemala, Alfonso Antonio Portillo Cabrera was among 10,000 spectators at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena in downtown Tokyo.
Newly promoted komusubi (junior champion second class) Asashoryu, or Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, grabbed one of Kaio's legs and threw him down for his third victory against one defeat. Kaio is 2-2.
Kaio won the previous tournament in March and a second straight victory would probably win him a promotion to yokozuna, sumo's top rank.
Takanohana drove out winless sekiwake (junior champion) Tochinonada and Chiyotaikai slapped down komusubi Kotomitsuki (2-2) after sidesteppeing his initial charge.
In other bouts, Kyokushuzan pulled down No. 14 maegashira Daizen, leaving Daizen at 1-3.
No. 12 maegashira Wakatsutomu and No. 11 maegashira Higonoumi remained undefeated at 4-0. Wakatsutomu thrust out No. 9 maegashira Terao (1-3) and Higonoumi threw down No. 8 maegashira Kotonowaka (1-3).
No. 7 maegashira Kyokutenho, or Tsevegnyam Nyamjav from Mongolia, pulled down No. 6 maegashira Kaiho for his third victory against one defeat. Kaiho is 1-3.
In the 26-member juryo division just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 9-ranked Juzan pushed out No. 13-ranked Wakaazuma, or Yoshinobu Kuroda from Brazil, for his third victory against one defeat. Wakaazuma is 1-3.
No. 8-ranked Kuniazuma, or Brazilian Vander Ramos, threw down No. 11-ranked Tamanokuni (1-3) and remained undefeated at 4-0.
No. 4-ranked Sentoryu, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, pulled down No. 1-ranked Wakakosho (1-3) for his second victory against two defeats.
In makushita, the top junior division, No. 7-ranked Hoshitango (1-1), or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, slapped down No. 8-ranked Ryukai.
No. 18-ranked Kotoiwakuni threw down No. 17-ranked Kyokutenzan (0-2).
No. 31-ranked Kasugao (2-0), or Kim Son-tek from South Korea, drove out No. 32-ranked Natsubori.
No. 41-ranked Asasekiryu (1-1), or Mongolian Badaarch Dashunyam, was driven out by No. 42-ranked Shinmei.
In sandanme, the second-highest junior division, No. 50-ranked Hakuba (1-1), or Mongolian Ariunbayar Unurjargal, forced out No. 49-ranked Matsuda.
No. 60-ranked Ryuo (1-1), or Mongolian Erkhem Ochirsanchirbold, was pushed out by No. 61-ranked Otsuna.
No. 78-ranked Azumao (1-1), or Brazilian Yasuto Morita, was thrown down by No. 78-ranked Terukaze.
No. 79-ranked Fudoyama (1-1), or Mongolian Nyamjuv Luvsandroj, was pushed out by No. 81-ranked Matsunoryu.
Wrestlers in the juryo division have only seven bouts during the 15-day tournament.
TOKYO (AP) - Results of main bouts Wednesday, the fourth day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena:
Results of Main Sumo Bouts
Winners LosersKyokushuzan (4-0) Daizen (1-3)
Aogiyama (juryo) (1-3) Takatoriki (1-3)
Tochinohana (3-1) Hamanishiki (0-4)
Toki (3-1) Aminishiki (3-1)
Wakatsutomu (4-0) Terao (1-3)
Asanowaka (1-3) Otsukasa (2-2)
Higonoumi (4-0) Kotonowaka (1-3)
Akinoshima (1-3) Jumoji (2-2)
Kyokutenho (3-1) Kaiho (1-3)
Tokitsuumi (1-3) Tochisakae (2-2)
Takanonami (3-1) Tamakasuga (1-3)
Hayateumi (3-1) Wakanoyama (1-3)
Tochiazuma (3-1) Tosanoumi (1-3)
Chiyotenzan (2-2) Dejima (1-3)
Musoyama (2-2) Takanowaka (1-3)
Asashoryu (3-1) Kaio (2-2)
Chiyotaikai (4-0) Kotomitsuki (2-2)
Tamanoshima (1-3) Miyabiyama (2-2)
Takanohana (4-0) Tochinonada (0-4)
Musashimaru (2-2) Wakanosato (3-1)
Juryo DivisionJuzan (3-1) Wakaazuma (1-3)
Kuniazuma (4-0) Tamanokuni (1-3)
Sentoryu (2-2) Wakakosho (1-3)
MakushitaHoshitango (1-1) Ryukai
Kotoiwakuni Kyokutenzan (0-2)
Kasugaoh (2-0) Natsubori
Shinmei Asasekiryu (1-1)
SandanmeHakuba (1-1) Matsuda
Otsuna Ryuo (1-1)
Terukaze Azumao (1-1)
Matsunoryu Fudoyama (1-1)
JonidanFurukawa Daibanjaku (1-1)
Ichinoya Kitakasuga (1-1)
Takao (2-0) Kotofuchiwaki
Tominosato Hoshizakura (1-1)
Daionji (1-1) Wakatanaka
Ako (1-1) Dewanoyu
Daitenzan (2-0) Kitafubuki
JonokuchiAzumadake Taika (1-1)
Minaminoshima (2-0) Kigawafuji
Mokonami (2-0) Kimuragawa
Musashiryu (2-0) Hisanoumi
Daiyuchi (1-1) Maruo
Daitensho (1-1) Fujitayama
(Junior division wrestlers have only seven bouts during the tournament.
Records of foreign wrestlers' opponents were not available.)
Thursday's main bouts:Wakatoryu (juryo) Tochinohana
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