Hakuho put on another sumo clinic on Sunday to stay unbeaten and tied for the lead with fellow Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji after eight days of action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Hakuho oozed class in his bout against struggling Kotoshogiku (1-7) at Ryogoku Kokugikan, quickly taking the sekiwake down with a textbook pulling overarm throw to move to 8-0 at the 15-day meet in Tokyo.
Yokozuna Kisenosato dug in deep to get his faltering bid for a third straight championship title back on track with a win over second-ranked maegashira Chiyoshoma at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.
Looking to rebound from a shock second defeat Wednesday, Kisenosato (3-2) had his hands full as Chiyoshoma got himself into a good position and twice attempted to take the grand champion out with backward leg trips at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Kisenosato crashed to a second defeat at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament after the yokozuna was upset by top-ranked maegashira Endo on the fourth day of action Wednesday.
Kisenosato, who is gunning for a third straight title and second as yokozuna, was made to pay for not finishing off Endo at Ryogoku Kokugikan, dropping two wins off the pace.
Kisenosato survived a scare and squeezed out his second win of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, while fellow yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji kept their perfect record intact after three days.
Still nursing the left upper arm and chest injury he suffered at the Spring tourney in March, Kisenosato was on the back foot throughout against a spirited No. 1 maegashira Chiyonokuni (1-2), who handed yokozuna Kakuryu his second defeat a day earlier.
Yokozuna Kisenosato's bid for a third consecutive championship title took an early blow with a shock defeat to komusubi Yoshikaze on Sunday, the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Kakuryu also suffered an upset, but the other two yokozuna -- Hakuho and Harumafuji -- emerged unscathed to make winning starts at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
By Shuji Miki / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer At the recently completed Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, new yokozuna Kisenosato lifted the Emperor's Cup for a second consecutive tourney after emerging victorious in a championship playoff.
One question lingered: How did ozeki Terunofuji, who went into the final day of the tournament as the sole leader, let a golden opportunity to win the title get away by losing twice to Kisenosato, first in their final bout of the tournament, to leave them with identical records, and then again in the playoff?
The Yomiuri ShimbunYokozuna Kisenosato was found to have bolstered a muscle harm in his left shoulder that will require a period of therapeutic treatment, his enduring pro Tagonoura said Wednesday.
Despite the damage, the 30-year-old wrestler secured an enthusiastic battle against prominent misfortune triumph at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament — his first since being raised to the ordinary game's most lifted rank.