• Kyodo


Yokozuna Hakuho and local favorite Kotoshogiku maintained their perfect records on Tuesday, the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Egyptian giant Osunaarashi thrilled the crowd by making Hakuho work overtime. Despite being backed up onto the straw bales, Osunaarashi gripped the straw with his toes and managed to maneuver away from Hakuho’s first force-out attempt. But the yokozuna made a better go of it with his second yorikiri effort and sealed the deal, sending the top-ranked maegashira to his second loss.

Kotoshogiku (3-0) brought the crowd to its feet with a comprehensive win over Yoshikaze. The ozeki unleashed a fearsome charge and then kept up a controlled barrage of shoves and slaps that left the giant-killing komusubi no way out except retreat. It was Yoshikaze’s first loss of the tournament.

Yokozuna Kakuryu improved to 2-1 by defeating Mongolian compatriot Ichinojo for his second straight victory. The yokozuna was able to get in close against Ichinojo and lever the No. 1 maegashira out to his third loss.

In the day’s finale, yokozuna Harumafuji (2-1) avoided losing his second straight match by a hair. While driving Aoiyama (0-3) out of the ring, the yokozuna hit the surface on the wrong side of the bales and was declared the loser. But a conference of the ringside judges overturned the decision, ruling that the back of the No. 2 maegashira’s heel had touched out first.

A day after suffering his first loss, Kisenosato (2-1) recoiled from the impact of Myogiryu’s charge, but absorbed the blow. Trying to push his advantage farther than it merited, Myogiryu lost control, the ozeki seized command of the bout and finally slapped the sekiwake down to his second loss.

Another ozeki to rebound from a loss on Monday, Terunofuji outlasted Okinoumi to improve to 2-1. Unable to get much drive out of his heavily taped right leg, Terunofuji got by with good timing and technique to keep No. 2 maegashira winless, finishing him off with an uwatenage overarm throw.

Georgian komusubi Tochinoshin opened his winning account by forcing relegation-threatened ozeki Goeido out to his first loss. Goeido needs eight wins in Fukuoka to retain his elite ozeki status for the next tournament in January.

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