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Monday, March 19, 2001

DAY 8

Kaio stays undefeated at spring sumo

Ozeki Kaio required minimum effort in shooting down Chiyotenzan on Sunday to preserve his perfect record at 8-0 and remain in pole position entering the second half of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Meanwhile, yokozuna Takanohana and ozeki Musoyama are still lurking one win off the pace at 7-1, along with surprise package Tamanoshima in a three-way tie for second in the 15-day tourney at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

In-form Kaio burst from the blocks at the face-off and quickly twisted second-ranked maegashira Chiyotenzan (4-4) around to the right before bundling the hometown favorite out from behind in a one-sided bout.

Meanwhile, Takanohana weathered an early storm against Wakanosato, but the New Year champion delivered a barrage of slaps and thrusts of his own before hauling down the sekiwake, who suffered his fourth loss.

Tenth-ranked maegashira Tamanoshima, formerly known as Tamanonada, crushed 15th-ranked Aminishiki (5-3) to keep up with the big boys.

It was a good day for the Musashigawa stable as yokozuna Musashimaru (6-2) recovered from Saturday's upset loss to Kotomitsuki by shunting out third-ranked veteran Takanonami (3-5), while ozeki duo Dejima and Miyabiyama matched teammate Musoyama's win.

Musoyama maintained his balance and composure after being spun around the ring by Kotomitsuki and kept his title bid on the rails by bumping the stubborn No. 3 maegashira over the straw ridge for his seventh win.

Miyabiyama bounced out top-ranked Mongolian maegashira Kyokutenho (2-6) to even his record to 4-4, while Dejima followed suit by blasting out sekiwake Tochinonada (4-4) to improve to 5-3.

In a matchup of newly promoted komusubi, Wakanoyama finally broke a seven-bout losing streak by bulldozing out Tochiazuma (3-5) for an easy win.

Earlier, Mongolia's sixth-ranked maegashira Asashoryu, wrestling in his second tournament in sumo's elite makuuchi division, executed a clever outside leg trip on fourth-ranked Tosanoumi (4-4) and improved his record to 5-3.

Kinkaiyama pulls out

Rank-and-file maegashira Kinkaiyama pulled out of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday after injuring his right knee in a defeat to eighth-ranked Higonoumi 24 hours earlier. Kinkaiyama was 3-4.



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