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Asashoryu stays undefeated at New Year sumo

Asashoryu stays undefeated at New Year sumo

Grand champion Asashoryu overpowered Takekaze, and his critics, on Thursday to keep his unbeaten streak alive at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
Mongolian Asashoryu got a grip on the back of Takekaze's belt and tossed the No. 3 maegashira out to improve to a perfect 5-0 in the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Asashoryu has won 22 Emperor's Cup and is looking to return to his winning ways in the New Your tourney. He sat out all or part of the previous three tournaments with injuries and came into this meet facing speculation about retirement.
With five straight wins so far, few are talking about his retirement now.
In other major bouts, Harumafuji of Mongolia finally picked up his first win as an ozeki when he forced out winless top maegashira Kotoshogiku to improve to 1-4.
Mongolian grand champion Hakuho maintained a share of the lead when he used an arm throw to dispatch No. 2 maegashira Yoshikaze, who dropped to 1-4.
Sekiwake Baruto of Estonia muscled out komusubi Toyonoshima (2-3) to stay tied for the lead at 5-0.
Lower-ranked wrestler Tochiozan, a No. 12 maegashira, is also tied for the lead at 5-0 after swatting down ninth-ranked Tosanoumi, who fell to 1-4.
Ozeki Kaio defeated top maegashira Kyokutenho (1-4) to improve to 4-1 while sekiwake Aminishiki forced out Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu, who dropped to 4-1.
Komusubi Kisenosato overpowered Chiyotaikai to improve to 2-3 and hand the ozeki his first loss of the tournament.
Wakanosato picked up his second win against three losses when he shoved out ozeki Kotomitsuki, who has just one win so far.


Updated : 2021-06-15 18:53 GMT+08:00