Sumo : Fired - Up Hakuho Stays Perfect With 4th Win


Sumo : Fired-up Hakuho stays perfect with 4th winThe pre-bout chants of his opponent’s name only seemed to fire up yokozuna Hakuho.
Hakuho swiftly shuffled out No. 2 maegashira Shodai — with a final shove at the edge for good measure — to remain unbeaten after four days at the Summer Grand Tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.

As the two lined up for the jump-off, some among the crowd at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan broke into a call of “Shodai! Shodai!” in support of the up-and-coming wrestler from earthquake-stricken Kumamoto Prefecture.

But a slight sidestep by the yokozuna at the start left Shodai a sitting duck, and he was sent out of the ring with a series of lightning-quick pushes to remain winless.

Meanwhile, the group of unbeaten top-ranked wrestlers shed another member when ozeki Kotoshogiku was sent somersaulting out of the ring by winless No. 1 maegashira Takarafuji.

Takarafuji sidestepped at the jump-off and the charging ozeki had nothing to keep him from falling into a forward roll and hurtling off the raised ring. Takarafuji acknowledged in a post-bout TV interview that it was the first time he had employed the dodge tactic.

Yokozuna Kakuryu kept his slate clean with a victory over No. 2 maegashira Ichinojo, who had earned a “kinboshi” the previous day by beating the third yokozuna, Harumafuji.

Harumafuji bounced back from that loss with a win over winless No. 1 maegashira Myogiryu, whose hand hit down first when both lost their balance during a mutual slapping exchange.

Two ozeki, Goeido and Kisenosato, both chalked up their fourth wins, while Terunofuji fell farther off the pace when he was forced out by komusubi Kaisei (1-3) for his second straight loss.

Goeido overcame a defensive No. 3 maegashira Aoiyama enough to push him out, while Kisenosato forced out komusubi Okinoumi (1-3).

In a spirited battle between first-time sekiwake, Kotoyuki prevailed amid a flurry of shoves and slaps to force out Ikioi, leaving both wrestlers at 1-3.