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Sunday, July 16, 2000



Takanohana suffers second loss

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Sekiwake Kaio dumped grand champion Takanohana to his second loss Saturday while yokozuna Akebono had little trouble disposing of komusubi Tamakasuga to remain the sole unbeaten leader, at 7-0, in the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

Ozeki Dejima, the defending champion in Nagoya, meanwhile, steamrolled second-ranked maegashira Takanowaka (1-6) at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium for his sixth victory against one loss to join two rank-and-file maegashira one win behind Akebono.

In the day's major upset, Kaio danced Takanohana around the ring as the crafty yokozuna refused to give the sekiwake control of his belt with his favored right hand.

Kaio, however, worked a nifty trick from left-hand control, pulling Takanohana backward over his left knee and dropping him onto his backside on the dohyo's surface for his fifth win.

Akebono, who appeared shaky while winning the previous day, stormed out of his crouch and made short work of winless Tamakasuga for his seventh straight win.

Meanwhile, yokozuna Musashimaru improved to 5-2 as he backed out stubborn third-ranked maegashira Tochinonada (1-6).

Chiyotaikai (5-2) made life difficult for fellow ozeki Musoyama, who needs eight wins to retain his rank after missing the entire summer tourney, dragging him to the dirt after a series of slaps for a fourth loss.

Maegashira No. 2 Toki (2-5) picked up only his second win of the tournament by pulling down newly-promoted ozeki Miyabiyama (3-4) to a second successive loss.

Komusubi Tosanoumi's joy after defeating Miyabiyama to go 2-4 on Friday was short-lived as Tochiazuma easily shoved him out to improve for the sekiwake's fifth win.

American No. 13 maegashira Sentoryu, continued his impressive debut in the makuuchi division by slapping down Mongolia's seventh-ranked Kyokutenho within seconds of the face-off, leaving both wrestlers at 5-2.

Kyokutenho's compatriot Kyokushuzan, however, slipped to 1-6 after 12th-ranked maegashira Shikishima (2-5) forced him out of the ring with an elbow clamp.

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