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Friday, July 20, 2001

Maru back on track

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Yokozuna Musashimaru got back on the winning track Thursday with a convincing win over Kotomitsuki to retain a share of the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

Kaio also stayed in the two-way tie at the top but had to get out of jail before recording the win over fellow ozeki Miyabiyama at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Musashimaru (12-1) bounced back after suffering his first defeat of the 15-day tourney against Wakanosato on Wednesday, disposing of local favorite Kotomitsuki (4-8) to disappoint a crowd firmly behind the komusubi.

In the day's penultimate bout, Miyabiyama (6-6) had Kaio (12-1) in trouble from the charge, but moved in too quickly for the kill after he had spun the Tomozuna ozeki around, losing his balance and the chance for his fifth straight win.

Chiyotaikai (10-2) beat out Tamanoshima (9-3) to keep up the pressure on the two leaders. The ozeki had little trouble with the No. 7 maegashira, shoving him back for an easy win to become the only wrestler at just one win off the pace.

Wakanosato dropped back to earth after his giantkilling exploits against the yokozuna, falling to Kotonowaka (5-7) for his third loss after the No. 2 maegashira got a hold on his belt from the face-off and powered the komusubi out.

No. 5 maegashira Kyokushuzan (6-6) upset Musoyama (8-4), the Mongolian was up at the ozeki at the charge and finished off the bout with a deft shoulder throw.

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