Grand champion Asashoryu suffered his first setback of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday when he was thrown out of the ring by sekiwake Wakanosato.
Wakanosato went on the attack from the outset in the day’s final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan when he got a grip of the Mongolian’s belt with his right hand.
After being forced to the edge, Asashoryu desperately tried to throw his opponent out, but it was Wakanosato who prevailed when he sent the stunned yokozuna out with a perfectly executed arm throw.
Heading into the final three days of the 15-day tourney, Asashoryu, who is bidding for his fourth title, still leads with an 11-1 record but is now only one win ahead of ozeki Chiyotaikai.
Chiyotaikai remained very much in the hunt for the Emperor’s Cup after a hard-fought victory over sekiwake Miyabiyama.
After exchanging a series of arm thrusts with Miyabiyama, Chiyotaikai spun his opponent around and sent him sprawling to the dirt surface with one final push.
Chiyotaikai improved to 10-2 while Miyabiyama dropped to a disappointing 3-9.
In an earlier bout, No. 6 maegashira Kotomitsuki kept his slim title hopes alive when he got a right-hand grip on the back of the belt and sent ozeki Kaio out over the edge to pick up his ninth win against three losses.
Kaio, winner of July’s Nagoya tourney, continues to struggle in the Autumn meet and dropped to 6-6.
Ozeki Tochiazuma was swatted out by Iwakiyama to fall to 8-4. No. 5 maegashira Iwakiyama improved to 8-4.
Mongolian Kyokutenho assured himself of a winning record when he charged into Toki at the face-off and sent the towering komusubi flying out of the ring and into the first row of seats.
No. 2 maegashira Kyokutenho stands at 8-4 while Toki dropped to an even 6-6.
Crowd favorite Takamisakari, a No. 1 maegashira, sidestepped Tamanoshima at the edge and swatted the No. 7 maegashira out to improve to 8-4. Tamanoshima fell to 7-5
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