Grand champion Asashoryu brushed aside fellow Mongolian Kyokutenho to win his second straight bout while ozeki Kaio and Chiyotaikai stayed hot on the trail with victories of their own at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.
In the day’s finale, the fiery yokozuna deftly used Kyokutenho’s momentum to his advantage before tossing the second-ranked maegashira to the clay with a beltless arm throw at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Asashoryu, who was heavily censored for causing a stir with outlandish dohyo behavior at the Nagoya meet in July, was never in trouble as he moved a step closer in the campaign to pick up his fourth Emperor’s Cup.
Kaio, who is seeking his second consecutive title and fifth overall, gave Kotoryu (1-1) no breathing room as he rammed out the third-ranked maegashira with a solid frontal force out in a matter of seconds.
Chiyotaikai (2-0), meanwhile, looked stronger than ever as he railroaded Toki in a one-sided bout, dropping the komusubi to his second defeat in a row.
But in the day’s upsets, Tochiazuma was shoved out for a first loss at the 15-day meet in his bout against Hokutoriki (1-1) while fellow ozeki Musoyama fell to his second straight defeat in a match-up with komusubi Tosanoumi.
Tochiazuma finished with a 7-8 record in the Nagoya tournament and needs eight or more wins to maintain his ozeki status.
In another featured bout, crowd-favorite Takamisakari did a balancing act on the straw bales and pushed out Iwakiyama (0-2) at the last second, giving the top maegashira his first win at the Tokyo meet.
Top maegashira Tochinonada (2-0) had to restart three times with veteran Takanonami (1-1) but disposed of the fourth-ranked maegashira with a nicely executed pull-down.
Mongolian rank-and-filer Asasekiryu (2-0) continued his winning ways with a strong slap down of sekiwake Wakanosato (1-1).
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