NAGOYA – Kakuryu went tumbling out to a second defeat in a weak display at the hands of sekiwake Goeido while Hakuho made mincemeat out of another would-be challenger in the form of Takekaze to improve to a perfect 10-0 at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.
Hakuho widened his lead against his closest rivals with just five days remaining in the fourth major tournament of the year.
Kotoshogiku is one behind the sole leader along with No. 11 maegashira Takayasu at 9-1. Kakuryu, in his second meet at sumo’s top rung, is one further back with Goeido at 8-2.
One of the biggest rumbles of the day came during an all-ozeki encounter between Kotoshogiku and Kisenosato, with the former running roughshod over the latter.
But it was the popular No. 5 maegashira Endo who once again drew the loudest cheers when he saw off Brazilian-born Kaisei in a near-flawless performance of speed and balance.
In May, Goeido was disqualified in his bout against Kakuryu for grabbing the yokozuna’s topknot.
This time, Kakuryu’s bad habit resurfaced as he attempted to outflank his opponent by circling to his right and was immediately crushed over the edge into the ringside seats when the sekiwake got his right hand firmly planted inside.
Hakuho gave Takekaze a beating in the day’s finale, extinguishing any aspirations the No. 4 maegashira might have had of a sequel to his giant-killing antics against Harumafuji the previous day as he showed his man the exit by “yorikiri.”
Sumo’s premier yokozuna faces Goeido on Wednesday.
Kotoshogiku went on the rampage right out of the gate, beating Kisenosato (7-3) at the charge to get his right arm under his opponent’s armpit, then barreling his rival over the edge.
Yokozuna Harumafuji, who has suffered three defeats to the lower echelon at this meet, rebounded from his loss the previous day, tossing out Tamawashi (2-8) with a pulling-arm technique.
Earlier, Endo (5-5) was able to get his right hand on the mawashi for an underhanded grip and swiftly wiggled his pinned left hand free and around Kaisei’s (2-8) back before marching his opponent over the straw bales.
Terunofuji (6-4) was the picture of composure despite taking a deluge of slaps from Egyptian-born Osunaarashi, starting with a vicious “kachiage” forearm to the throat.
After riding out the tsunami, Terunofuji, who hails from Mongolia, got both arms around the No. 3 maegashira before catapulting him off the raised ring with an overarm throw.
Osunaarashi (4-6), sumo’s first wrestler to come from Africa, beat Kakuryu and Harumafuji on the fifth and sixth day, respectively, but has lost his last four matches, including falling to Hakuho on the eighth day and Endo on Monday.
No. 1 maegashira Takayasu, the only rank-and-filer one off the pace, steamrolled Chiyotairyu (7-3), bending his knees deep and grappling the mawashi as he ushered his opponent over the edge.