Yokozuna Asashoryu bulldozed out Takanonami for a perfect 8-0 record Saturday, widening his lead over his closest contenders to two on the eighth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Seeking his second career title, the 22-year-old Mongolian grand champion thrusted powerfully at No. 4 maegashira Takanonami’s neck and chest, quickly bulldozing the opponent out.
Seven wrestlers, including three ozeki and four lower-ranked wrestlers, were 6-2 and sat two victories behind Asashoryu, the only one undefeated.
Ozeki Kaio, the winner of the July tournament, suffered a big slam on the back at the face-off and was quickly sent to the ringside to be shoved out by top-ranked maegashira Tochinonada (4-4). The defeat almost certainly wiped out Kaio’s hope of winning promotion to sumo’s top rank after this tournament because he needed at least 14 wins to do so.
Kakizoe, a No. 11 maegashira and a rookie in the top makuuchi division, was tossed out by No. 13 maegashira Yotsukasa after being chased around the ringside, leaving both at 6-2.
Two other ozeki won their matches Sunday.
Tochiazuma (6-2) caught sekiwake Miyabiyama (3-5) still rising from the face-off position, slamming him on the back and sending him to the dirt on all fours.
Chiyotaikai (6-2) charged No. 3 maegashira Kotoryu (3-5) with a rhythmical thrusts into the chest and drove him out of the ring.
No. 6 maegashira Kotomitsuki (6-2) pushed equal ranked Tochisakae (1-7) out of the ring, and No. 7 maegashira Tamanoshima (6-2) drove out No. 9 maegashira Aminishiki (5-3).
In other top-division bouts Mongolian-born No. 2 maegashira Kyokutenho (5-3) yanked the back of komusubi Tosanoumi’s neck, causing him to dive on his stomach. Tosanoumi fell to 3-5.
Asasekiryu (3-5), a No. 3 maegashira from Mongolia, suffered a series of powerful slaps into his chest and was driven out by No. 5 maegashira Iwakiyama (5-3).
No. 8 maegashira Kyokushuzan, also a Mongolian, was shoved out in a failed attempt to trip No. 7 maegashira Buyuzan at the ringside, leaving both at 3-5.
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