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Grand champion Asashoryu brushed aside Wakanosato on Sunday to remain in sole possession of the lead at the midway point of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

News photoYokozuna Asashoryu shoves out komusubi Wakanosato on the eighth day of the Summer Grand Sumo
Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.

Mongolian Asashoryu used an arm throw to send komusubi Wakanosato over the edge in the day’s final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan to improve to a perfect 8-0.

Mongolian Kyokushuzan and Chiyotaikai are both one win off the pace at 7-1. Wakanosato dropped to an even record of 4-4.

Asashoryu is gunning for his fourth straight Emperor’s Cup and 12th overall.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai kept pace when he sidestepped Miyabiyama at the faceoff and sat back and watched as the lumbering No. 3 maegashira fell face first to the dirt surface.

Chiyotaikai improved to 7-1 and is one win away from securing the winning record he needs here to maintain his ozeki status. Miyabiyama fell to 3-5.

Ozeki Tochiazuma remained two wins off the pace 6-2 when he twisted down Mongolian Kyokutenho after the No. 3 maegashira lost his footing. Kyokutenho fell to 3-5

Mongolian Hakuho spun Russian Roho around after the faceoff and shoved the top maegashira out for his fourth win against four losses.

Sekiwake Hakuho came into the tournament as one of the few wrestlers with a shot to challenge Asashoryu but finds himself just struggling for a winning record at the halfway mark.

It’s also been a disappointing tourney for Roho, who dropped to 2-6.

In an earlier bout, No. 9 maegashira Kyokushuzan stayed in the hunt when he displayed solid footwork on the straw ridge and swatted sixth-ranked maegashira Dejima down to improve to 7-1. Dejima fell to 5-3.

Bulgarian Kotooshu deployed a textbook arm throw at the edge of the ring to send Tochononada tumbling down to the dirt surface.

No. 5 maegashira Kotooshu picked up his fifth win against three losses while struggling No. 2 maegashira Tochinonada fell to 1-7.

Komusubi Kotomitsuki got both arms around Kokkai seconds after the faceoff and bulldozed the second-ranked maegashira off the raised ring to improve to 6-2. Kokkai has struggled thus far and dropped to an unimpressive 2-6 record.

No. 8 maegashira Kotonowaka gave fan favorite Takamisakari a rough ride to improve to 2-6. Seventh-ranked Takamisakari left the raised ring with a bloody nose and an unimpressive 3-5 record.

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