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Hakuho stands alone atop standings at 4-0

Kyodo

Hakuho was in the familiar position of being alone at top as the yokozuna beat Myogiryu on Wednesday to hold the only perfect record through four days at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Hakuho had lost to the second-ranked maegashira in January, but the Mongolian made sure to avoid another slip-up, ushering his opponent out of the ring to improve to 6-1 for his career against Myogiryu (2-2).

The other yokozuna in the field, Harumafuji (2-2), wasn’t so hot, losing for the second day in a row in his first meeting with No. 2 Chiyotairyu (3-1), who slapped the Mongolian down after the faceoff.

Sekiwake Baruto was the other unbeaten wrestler going into the day but the Estonian behemoth was tripped up by ozeki Kakuryu (3-1), who propped back on the winning track by yoritaoshi.

Kakuryu laid into Baruto from the tachiai, lowering himself into his chest. The 198-cm Baruto, who had been 13-10 for his career against Kakuryu, tried to ward off his man but backpedaled out of the circle as the Izutsu stable juggernaut kept plowing to victory.

With Harumafuji and the ozeki trio of Kakuryu, Kotoshogiku and Kotooshu all going down a day earlier, the spring basho has become a bit of a lottery.

On Wednesday, Bulgarian Kotooshu (1-3) was as soft as yogurt, falling to his third straight defeat against top-ranked maegashira Tochinoshin, who won for the first time here by yorikiri.

Kotoshogiku evened his record to 2-2 with a shitatenage win against No. 1 maegashira Takayasu (1-3), and ozeki Kisenosato was upset by komusubi Tochiozan (3-1), who rolled to his third consecutive win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.down.9 Dale Down

    Harumafuji looked good on the first day, but he seems to loose his nerve on big occasions. The pressure of fighting for the East side must be weighing on his mind quite a bit. Unless something goes really wrong with Hakuho, O suspect he will win the basho. Harumafuji will get back to the top spot in the future, but he really has to work on his confidence.

  • DA

    It’s probably rigged. Hakuho almost seems to win a title when people are starting to count him out. My money’s on Harumafuji winning again in the summer basho, order restored.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dale.down.9 Dale Down

      Hopefully it’s not rigged. Not sure if people were ready to count out Hakuho quite yet, but I agree with you that it’s looking like he might win again. Harumafuji really steamrolled his opponent yesterday, but those previous two losses are going to be hard to get past. Apart from that, there are about five others who have a good chance, all things being equal and above board.