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Thursday, March 20, 2003


Chiyotaikai still leading
with 3 days remaining


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OSAKA, Japan >> Chiyotaikai continues to lead yokozuna Asashoryu by one win as the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament heads down the home stretch.

Chiyotaikai beat Kaiho (5-7) by oshidashi today to improve to 10-2 with three days left in the basho.

Asashoryu (9-3) defeated Wakanosato (7-5) in the final match of the day. Miyabiyama is also at 9-3, after he downed Hokutoriki (8-4) in the best matchup of the day.

Five wrestlers are at 8-4, with little chance left of catching Chiyotaikai.

Iwakiyama withdrew from the tournament this week after aggravating an old lower back injury. Shimotori pulled out a day earlier after he broke a left rib in a bout Monday.

Musashimaru, or Hawaii's Fiamalu Penitani, is sitting out the basho with a torn tendon in his left wrist that has been slow to heal.


DAY 12

at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

Won
Technique Lost
+Aogiyama 8-4 hikiotoshi Tochinohana 3-9
+Asanowaka 8-4 okuridashi Kasuganishiki 4-8
+Otsukasa 7-5 shitatenage Akinoshima 4-8
Gojoro 7-5 tsukidashi Buyuzan 7-5
Aminishiki 6-6 sotogake Jumonji 7-5
Miyabiyama 9-3 oshidashi Hokutoriki 8-4
Kinkaiyama 4-8 yorikiri Takanotsuru 4-8
Tamarikido 6-6 yorikiri Kasugao 5-7
Wakanoyama 3-9 oshidashi Asasekiryu 4-8
Takamisakari 6-6 yorikiri Kotoryu 5-7
Takanonami 7-5 abisetaoshi Tokitsuumi 8-4
Kyokutenho 6-6 yorikiri Kotonowaka 5-7
Dejima 8-4 yorikiri Tamanoshima 7-5
Tosanoumi 6-6 tsukiotoshi Tochinonada 7-5
Kotomitsuki 5-7 yorikiri Toki 4-8
Kaio 8-4 yorikiri Kyokushuzan 7-5
Chiyotaikai 10-2 oshidashi Kaiho 5-7
Asashoryu 9-3 oshidashi Wakanosato 7-5
+ indicates juryo-division wrestlers



For more sumo information online, try:
Sumo Web
Da Kine Sumo E-zine
Grand Sumo Home Page
Ozumo
CyberSumo
Kyodo News Service


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