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Saturday, November 14, 1998

Musashimaru toppled,
loses share of sumo lead

Associated Press

FUKUOKA, Japan -- Ozeki (champion) Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani from Hawaii, lost his bout against sekiwake (junior champion) Takatoriki today and slipped to 6-1, leaving low-ranked Kotonishiki in the lead at 7-0 in the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Sharing second place with Musashimaru were yokozuna (grand champion) Wakano-hana, Musoyama and Tosanoumi.

The smaller but fast-moving Takatoriki attacked Musashimaru from the side, batting the hefty ozeki off balance and pulling him down in a short-lived fight.

Sumo ref carries on
with broken arm

TOKYO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Despite suffering a broken arm when a 160-kg (354-pound) wrestler fell on him, sumo judge Inosuke Shikimori fought off the pain to officiate two matches, Sumo officials said on Saturday.

Shikimori, 63, was waiting at the ringside for his turn to judge Friday's top two bouts when wrestler Kaio crashed into him. Dressed in the traditional kimono worn by sumo judges, Shikimori tucked his broken arm into the robe's sleeve and went on to perform his duties, they said.

''I didn't have time to escape,'' the daily Yomiuri Shimbun quoted Shikimori as saying. ''I felt as if I might pass out,'' the injured judge said, adding that he was sweating heavily as he carried out his ceremonial duties as a sumo judge.

Shikimori broke his left arm in two places and it will take him about three months to recover.

Sumo officials said this was the first incident on record of a judge being injured at the ringside, even though the hefty wrestlers are sent flying out of the ring on a daily basis.

American-born ''ozeki'' champion Musashimaru leads the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 6-0 mark. He was the wrestler who sent Kaio out of the ring and onto Shikimori.

FUKUOKA, Nov. 13 (Kyodo) - Sumo referee Inosuke Shikimori fractured his left arm Friday when top maegashira Kaio fell on top of him at ringside in the featured bout of the sixth day at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Shikimori was waiting at ringside to officiate in the next two bouts when hometown favorite Kaio and Hawaiian-born ozeki Musashimaru -- both undefeated through the first five days of the basho -- toppled off the raised ring at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

When Musashimaru shoved Kaio out of the ring for the win, the former sekiwake fell from the dohyo and landed on top of several people sitting in the ringside seats, including 63-year-old Shikimori.

Shikimori, who fulfilled his duty of officiating the next two matches despite suffering from the pain, was taken to a Fukuoka hospital by ambulance and diagnosed with a broken arm needing three months to recover completely.

He was hospitalized and will likely miss the remainder of the 15-day tourney.

''There was no time to get out of the way. I can't even hold a single prize,'' Shikimori said, referring to the envelopes containing prize money handed to the winners of each day's major bouts by the referees.

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