New yokozuna Terunofuji retained his sole lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday despite his first career loss to new sekiwake Meisei.

Meisei (5-7) drove the yokozuna back with a lightning quick charge, exploited his advantage with a tricky leg move before ending the fight with an under-arm throw.

As the two stared at each other in the seconds before the bout started, the sekiwake made Terunofuji (10-2) wait by refusing to touch down in his fighting stance to start the bout. The referee ordered both wrestlers to stand and restart, and when the bout finally began it was 100% on Meisei's terms.