Idle Hakuho was gifted a seventh win and fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji also stayed in the leading pack after barging out Ichinojo at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.
Hakuho, the most successful yokozuna in sumo history with 34 career titles, had the luxury of a breather, winning by default after his scheduled opponent, Osunaarashi, withdrew earlier in the day with a fractured left shoulder.
Hakuho and Harumafuji share the lead at 7-1 with sekiwake Terunofuji and rank-and-filers Kyokushuho, Kaisei and Takayasu.
Egyptian No. 3 maegashira Osunaarashi (4-4) hurt his shoulder in his third defeat of the tournament on Saturday at the hands ozeki Kisenosato.
“There is a bone fracture so it still hurts now,” the 23-year-old Osunaarashi said.
Stablemaster Otake said, “He (Osunaarashi) can’t even raise his arm or rotate the shoulder. It would be disrespectful to his opponent to wrestle in this condition. He wanted to wrestle the yokozuna when he is in better shape.
“It would be dangerous sending him out to wrestle and risk worsening his shoulder as he could get a different injury.”
Harumafuji kept himself firmly in the hunt for the title in the day’s last bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, burying his head into Ichinojo’s chest and bundling the towering komusubi out to a sixth loss.
Terunofuji weathered an early storm and scored his seventh straight win in taking down fifth-ranked Tamawashi (2-6) with an armlock throw, but Myogiryu was unable to make it a winning double for sekiwake as he got thrust down to a fifth defeat by Georgian No. 1 maegashira Tochinoshin (3-5).
In other bouts, surly ozeki Kisenosato stayed one win off the pace at 6-2, rallying to smother Tochiozan (3-5) and bump the komusubi over the straw ridge.
Goeido (5-3) bounced back from Saturday’s defeat by beating fourth-ranked maegashira Tokushoryu (4-4) with a routine underarm throw, but Kotoshogiku (4-4) squandered the chance to complete an ozeki sweep when he was sent sprawling to the dirt by second-ranked maegashira Toyonoshima (3-5).
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