Hakuho Stays Unbeaten; Kakuryu Falls


Hakuho stays unbeaten; Kakuryu fallsHakuho maintained his unblemished start to the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Thursday. Fellow yokozuna Kakuryu was not so lucky, however, on the fifth day of the tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Hakuho met komusubi Kaisei (1-4) with his right shoulder and, after several feints as the pair maneuvered together around the ring, lifted the komusubi out of the ring.

Kakuryu (4-1) and sekiwake Ikioi (2-3) held each other for a lengthy time, looking for an advantage. Eventually, it was the sekiwake who secured a good grip, throwing the yokozuna down out of the ring.

Meanwhile, yokozuna Harumafuji (4-1) used his speed and strength to fend off and quickly drive No. 3 maegashira Aoiyama (1-4) from the ring as both wrestlers fell out.

Ozeki Kisenosato and Goeido continued their perfect starts. Kisenosato grappled with Takarafuji (1-4) in a prolonged bout before succeeding in making the No. 1 maegashira step out of the ring. Goeido had an easier time, explosively slapping then throwing down winless No. 2 maegashira Shodai.

Earlier, ozeki Kotoshogiku (4-1) rebounded from a loss to a winless wrestler the previous day to push out komusubi Okinoumi (1-4).

Ozeki Terunofuji (2-3), however, continued to struggle. Myogiryu paused to stare at the ozeki in a delayed jump-off, before the No. 1 maegashira won his first bout by driving out Terunofuji with relative ease.