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Mongolian Hakuho stays perfect at Summer sumo

Mongolian Hakuho stays perfect at Summer sumo

Mongolian Hakuho overpowered Toyonoshima to maintain a perfect record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.
Ozeki Hakuho, who is bidding for promotion to grand champion, was pushed to the ring's edge by Toyonoshima but regained his poise to send the komusubi sprawling onto the dirt.
Hakuho, who is tied for the lead with fellow Mongolian champion Asashoryu, won the Spring tournament and capturing the Emperor's Cup in this meet would ensure promotion to grand champion.
He improved to 9-0 in the 15-day tourney, while Toyonoshima dropped to 1-8.
In the day's final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Mongolian Asashoryu, sumo's lone grand champion, took just seconds to thrust sekiwake Ama out of the ring with a single-handed blow to remain tied for the lead at 9-0. Ama fell to 4-5.
Lower-ranked wrestlers Dejima and Futeno, who had also kept up a perfect record, both lost Monday to fall behind Hakuho and Asashoryu in the race for the tournament.
In other major bouts, rank-and-file wrestler Homasho beat ozeki Chiyotaikai in a furious slapping match that left both wrestlers covered with cuts and grazes. The ozeki fell to 7-2, while Homasho picked up his third win.
Rank-and-filer Aminishiki handed Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu his second loss, managing to hold out a second longer as the wrestlers teetered on the ring's edge. Aminishiki improved to 6-3.


Updated : 2021-10-24 20:38 GMT+08:00