Ozeki Asashoryu remained unstoppable Tuesday in his quest for the ultimate rank of grand champion three days into the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, which lost yokozuna Takanohana to an injury.

Asashoryu had to work harder than on the previous two days but took full advantage of the bum ankle of top-ranked maegashira Miyabiyama (1-2), whose near-heroics against Takanohana on Monday appeared to have cost him dearly.

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