TOKYO, Sept. 17 (Kyodo) - Yokozuna Takanohana cleared the first hurdle in his comeback to the dohyo Tuesday when he claimed his eighth victory to secure a winning record at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Musashimaru tied for first
with Asashoryu at 9-1
From staff and wire reports
The win kept Takanohana behind fellow grand champion Musashimaru and newly promoted Mongolian ozeki Asashoryu with five days left in the tournament.
Takanohana (8-2) was made to work hard but held his nerve against tricky moves by No. 4 maegashira Takanowaka (6-4), who mounted a brave challenge by drawing on a full arsenal of techniques at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
After a couple of exchanges of slaps and thrusts, as well as sudden, brief mid-ring belt-gripping tussles, Takanohana calmly shoved his opponents over the straw ridge to mark his 900th career bout in the top makuuchi division with a win.
Asashoryu (9-1) rebounded from Monday's defeat to preserve his share of the lead in a bout between in-form ozeki.
Asashoryu survived a fierce thrust to his neck at the face-off and then lunged onward until Chiyotaikai backpedaled with little resistance over the edge in an anti-climatic ending to one of the day's featured bouts.
Musashimaru (9-1), or Hawaii yokozuna Fiamalu Penitani, would not budge in the face of a challenge from No. 5 maegashira Tamanoshima (5-5), who circled around the ring trying to dodge devastating slaps but was eventually slapped down by only the second real blow unleashed by the Samoan-born giant. Seeking his 12th Emperor'sCup after winning two of the past three tournaments, Musashimaru takes on Takanowaka tomorrow.
Kaio (8-2) escaped from the danger of being relegated from sumo's second highest rank, laboring to a much-needed eighth win with a powerful arm throw after being locked in a belt-gripping duel with ozeki rival Musoyama (7-3).
One-time ozeki candidate Kotomitsuki (8-2) remained on a comeback track as the seventh-ranked maegashira bulldozed eighth-ranked Tamakasuga (7-3) out of the ring for an easy win.
Day 10(+denotes juryo-division wrestler):
Won Technique Lost Asanowaka 5-5 hatakikomi +Hayateumi 2-8 Wakanoyama 6-4 oshidashi Otsukasa 2-8 Ushiomaru 6-4 oshidashi Kyokushuzan 5-5 Gojoro 5-5 tsukiotoshi Tochinohana 5-5 Kotomitsuki 8-2 oshidashi Tamakasuga 7-3 Aminishiki 6-4 yorikiri Akinoshima 5-5 Tokitsuumi 5-5 owatehineri Kasuganishiki 3-7 Tochisakae 1-5-4 oshidashi Daizen 1-9 Buyuzan 2-8 tsukiotoshi Kotoryu 3-7 Hokutoriki 6-4 hikiotoshi Miyabiyama 4-6 Shimotori 3-7 makiotoshi Tochinonada 1-9 Toki 3-7 oshidashi Takanonami 4-6 Wakanosato 6-4 yorikiri Kyokutenho 5-5 Takamisakari 2-8 tsukiotoshi Tosanoumi 5-5 Asashoryu 9-1 oshidashi Chiyotaikai 8-2 Kaio 8-2 uwatenage Musoyama 7-3 Musashimaru 9-1 hikiotoshi Tamanoshima 5-5 Takanohana 8-2 yorikiri Takanowaka 6-4
Tochinohana 0 - 0 Ushiomaru +Senshuyama x - x Otsukasa Asanowaka 5 - 10 Kyokushuzan Daizen 4 - 6 Wakanoyama Kasuganishiki 0 - 0 Aminishiki Kotomitsuki 3 - 0 Akinoshima Tamakasuga 7 - 4 Tokitsuumi Tochisakae 0 - 0 Gojoro Hokutoriki 0 - 1 Kotoryu Buyuzan 0 - 1 Toki Miyabiyama 4 - 0 Kyokutenho Shimotori 1 - 0 Takanonami Takamisakari 1 - 0 Tochinonada Wakanosato 6 - 4 Tosanoumi Kaio 3 - 2 Tamanoshima Chiyotaikai 6 - 12 Musoyama Asashoryu 0 - 1 Takanohana Musashimaru 8 - 1 Takanowaka
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