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Sumo: Terunofuji continues epic comeback with win over Asanoyama

Terunofuji took a huge action towards his initial champion in over 5 years with a win Friday versus ozeki Asanoyama that provided him the straight-out lead at the July Grand Sumo Tournament.

In the last spell of Day 13, Terunofuji, that is going back to the leading department as a No. 17 maegashira, prevented being tipped over at the straw after joint over night leader Asanoyama (11-2) had the very early energy at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The rank-and-filer had the ability to restore his feet and also levered the brand-new ozeki out, flinging him from the elevated ring to win their initial job conference at the 15-day occasion.

No. 17 maegashira Terunofuji (front) stuns ozeki Asanoyama to take the straight-out lead at the July Grand Sumo Tournament. (Kyodo)

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“I tried to get the first belt hold and came out to be the attacker from the start. I think that was the key,” Terunofuji stated.

The 28-year-old Mongolian previous ozeki, whose ranking dropped as a result of injuries and also surgical procedures on both knees, last combated in sumo’s leading trip in January 2018. On Saturday, he will certainly handle sekiwake Shodai (10-3), versus whom he tracks 5-4 in neck and neck competitors.

“I’ve been doing my best. I came in here confident because of the work I’ve put in,” stated Terunofuji.

Sekiwake Mitakeumi likewise boosted to 10-3 with a triumph over No. 4 Kagayaki (4-9) to preserve a slim hope of winning his 3rd job champion.

Shodai’s win stopped by default after his challenger, yokozuna Hakuho, revealed his withdrawal from the event as a result of injury previously in the day.

No. 11 maegashira Tochinoshin (8-5) dislodged No. 15 Chiyomaru (3-10) in the initial makuuchi department suit of the day. With his 8th win, the Georgian previous ozeki uploaded a winning document for the very first time in over a year.

Another previous ozeki, No. 13 Takayasu (8-5) likewise scratched his initial winning document because he won 8 last July in Nagoya.

Kotoshoho (8-5), that is making his makuuchi-division launching in the month prior to his 21st birthday celebration, likewise gained his 8th win. The young No. 15 maegashira held up against the fee of No. 8 Chiyotairyu (5-8), shaking him back and also off equilibrium prior to slapping him down.

The win broke a three-match shedding skid.

“The past three days, I discovered so many things I need to fix. I have to remind myself to focus only on the match ahead of me and not think too far ahead,” Kotoshoho stated. “First and foremost, I want to focus on the initial charge. Today, my body reacted well and that made the difference.”

In various other spells, komusubi Okinoumi (8-5) safeguarded his winning document by lowering No. 6 Enho (5-8), that endured his 2nd straight loss. Komusubi Daieisho (9-4) likewise won, propelling down No. 4 Aoiyama (5-8) to his 8th loss.

The July satisfy is the initial grand event kept in 4 months adhering to the termination of May’s occasion as a result of the unique coronavirus pandemic. It was relocated from its standard area in Nagoya to minimize traveling throughout the pandemic.


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