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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000

DAY 10

Takanohana dumped; four share lead

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Ozeki Chiyotaikai handed yokozuna Takanohana his second straight loss Tuesday and grand champion Akebono disposed of ozeki Miyabiyama as the lead pack in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament was trimmed to four.

Grand champion Musashimaru posted an easy win to keep his quest for back-to-back titles firmly on track while rank-and-filer Kotomitsuki kept the pace with a ninth win against one loss heading into the final five days of the tourney at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

In a matchup of wrestlers with 8-1 records, Chiyotaikai read Takanohana's attempt to latch on to the right side of his sash at the charge and pulled the yokozuna down to the dirt. Akebono wasted no time in showing Miyabiyama the difference between yokozuna and ozeki as the Hawaiian-born giant exploded out of his crouch and dealt the ozeki a hat trick of thrusts to send him sprawling to the dirt for a second successive defeat.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai throws down Yokozuna Takanohana to his second loss.

For Musashimaru, it was just another day at the office as the defending champion in Kyushu steamrollered komusubi Tochinohana (3-7) out of the ring.

No. 9 maegashira Kotomitsuki outlasted Takanowaka in a prolonged mid-ring tussle before muscling out the eighth-ranked maegashira to stay among the front-running quartet.

Fukuoka native Kaio only needed an instant to expel second-ranked maegashira Higonoumi (2-8) and secure his eighth win.



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