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Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000


Kaio bounces back in Kyushu tourney

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Ozeki Kaio bounced back from a humiliating opening-day defeat Monday, blasting out rank-and-filer Hamanoshima, while ozeki Musoyama barged out No. 9 maegashira Wakanosato for his first win of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Meanwhile, it was business as usual for yokozuna trio Takanohana, Musashimaru and Akebono, who all posted easy wins to remain unbeaten after two days of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Kaio, anxious to make a quick recovery from Sunday's upset loss to Tochinohana in his second tourney as ozeki, made no mistake in front of his hometown supporters, quickly grabbing Hamanoshima's belt and forcing the No. 2 maegashira out to leave both wrestlers on 1-1.

Musoyama, back at sumo's second-highest rank after going 10-5 as sekiwake at the autumn tourney in September, also made amends for Sunday's shock defeat to Hamanoshima by twisting down winless Wakanosato.

Grand champion Musashimaru, aiming to end the year with back-to-back titles, blocked winless No. 2 maegashira Higonoumi's charge at the faceoff before easily shoving him out for a second win.

Yokozuna Takanohana, making a comeback after missing the autumn tourney with a sprained elbow, continued his quest to end a two-year title drought by barging out newly promoted sekiwake Hayateumi (0-2).

Akebono, winner of the Nagoya tournament in July, had little trouble disposing of top maegashira Akinoshima (0-2), while ozeki Chiyotaikai remained perfect, grabbing third-ranked maegashira Kyokushuzan (1-1) by the throat and marching him out of the ring.

Miyabiyama (2-0) attacked new komusubi Tochinohana (1-1) with a barrage of slaps and thrusts before powering him out, while fellow ozeki and Musashigawa stablemate Dejima (2-0) carried out sekiwake Takanonami to hand the former ozeki a second straight loss.

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