Yokozuna Hakuho as well as newly-promoted ozeki Asanoyama each recorded their nine straight win Monday at a July Grand Sumo Tournament which looks progressively like a 2-horse race.
Just two wrestlers stay a win behind the joint leaders to keep the stress after 9 days of activity at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan — sekiwake Shodai as well as previous ozeki Terunofuji.
Hakuho (R) puts down No. 4 maegashira Aoiyama on the nine day of the July Grand Sumo Tournament on July 27, 2020. (Kyodo)
Hakuho put down No. 4 maegashira Aoiyama (3-6) to liquidate the elite makuuchi department rounds on Day 9. The Bulgarian was dealing with frustrating probabilities, having actually dealt with the 44-time champ 23 times for simply one win, which was the outcome of a withdrawal by Hakuho.
Asanoyama endured a scare versus Okinoumi (4-5), throwing the komusubi down by the belt with an overarm include a rematch after they collapsed down at the exact same time in their initial round.
The Mongolian-birthed yokozuna as well as the guy tipped to be the following grand champ are the only unbeaten wrestlers in the 2nd fifty percent of the competition after sekiwake Mitakeumi fell the leaderboard on Day 8.
Mitakeumi as well as No. 5 Hokutofuji will certainly aim to unseat the joint leaders on Day 10 when they encounter Asanoyama as well as Hakuho, specifically.
Hokutofuji, the recipient of 7 “kimboshi” rewards for beating a yokozuna as a rank-and-filer, has actually defeated Hakuho 3 times in 10 conferences, while Mitakeumi holds a 4-2 head-to-head benefit over Asanoyama.
The returning sekiwake’s opportunities at a 3rd title lessened better, nevertheless, after his 2nd loss on Day 9.
Mitakeumi fulfilled No. 3 Kiribayama (4-5) for the very first time as well as secured with the promising grappler, yet was not able to locate a hold as Kiribayama inched him out.
Shodai held his ground versus No. 4 Kagayaki (3-6) to get his 8th win. Kagayaki drove the sekiwake back with a solid preliminary blast as well as had him on the ropes, yet Shodai carried out the turnaround as well as pressed his challenger out.
Terunofuji (8-1) swiftly pressed out No. 12 Sadanoumi (4-5) as well as safeguarded a winning document in the leading department for the very first time given that May 2017, when he was still an ozeki.
In various other rounds, Takakeisho (6-3) pushed out No. 6 Enho (4-5) prior to marching as well as gained his 6th win of the meet. The “kadoban” ozeki requires to accumulate at the very least 2 even more sway the following 6 days to keep his ranking.
Komusubi Daieisho was up to 5-4 after Hokutofuji (6-3) propelled him down at the last 2nd while being pierced over the straw.
No. 10 Myogiryu, No. 15 Kotoshoho as well as No. 14 Kotoshogiku all tape-recorded triumphes on Day 9 to stay in opinion for the title at 7-2. Makuuchi novice Kotoshoho is one accomplishment far from gaining a winning document in his top-division launching.
The July meet was relocated from Nagoya to Tokyo in order to restrict traveling as well as avoid the spread of the unique coronavirus. Only regarding 2,500 viewers are confessed every day to the Ryogoku Kokugikan, much less than a quarter of the location’s capability.