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Monday, July 16, 2001


Maru, Kaio remain unbeaten

NAGOYA (KYODO) Yokozuna Musashimaru and ozeki Kaio stayed hot Sunday, keeping cool to bag wins and retain a share of the lead at a perfect 8-0 halfway through the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

Hot on their heels are five wrestlers including ozeki duo Chiyotaikai and Musoyama, who also won at the 15-day tourney to remain just one behind in the hunt for the Emperor's Cup at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

In Sunday's final bout, Tosanoumi (3-5) leapt at Musashimaru at the charge but the yokozuna never lost his composure, working the No. 4 maegashira to the edge of the ring before dumping the former sekiwake in the dirt to preserve his unbeaten record.

Kaio also looked impressive again in his victory over Tochinonada (3-5), using his balance to fend off the advances of the No. 3 maegashira and then his bulk to bulldoze his lighter opponent out.

The Tomozuna stable ozeki needed to post a winning record here to avoid demotion after pulling out midway through the summer tournament with a lower back injury, but he has chalked up the necessary eight wins in the minimum possible time.

Asashoryu (3-5) never knew what hit him after Musoyama (7-1) got in the face of the Mongolian from the charge, quickly using the momentum to muscle the nifty komusubi out of the ring and squash any hopes of repeating the upset in their last meeting.

Chiyotaikai unleashed a barrage of short sharp thrusts at the face of Tochiazuma (4-4) to overpower the No. 3 maegashira for his seventh win. The ozeki pair, who both suffered upsets on the opening day, sit in a tie right behind the joint leaders with komusubi Wakanosato and two journeymen wrestlers from the lower ranks.

Tochisakae out

NAGOYA (KYODO) No. 6 maegashira Tochisakae pulled out of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday with a fractured right heel that he suffered during his loss to Takanowaka earlier in the day at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Tochisakae's opponent for Monday, 10th-ranked Kotoryu, will win by default.

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