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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Easy day at office for Asashoryu

Grand champion Asashoryu had to do little more than flex his muscles to see off Kotomitsuki as the Mongolian bruiser notched his second win at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

Yokozuna hopeful Chiyotaikai also posted a convincing win over veteran Takanonami but it was a miserable day for his fellow ozeki as Kaio, and relegation-threatened duo Musoyama and Tochiazuma all suffered embarrassing defeats on the second day of the 15-day meet.

Aiming to silence the doubters after only managing 10 wins on his yokozuna debut in the spring meet, Asashoryu met little resistance from one-time ozeki candidate Kotomitsuki in an anti-climactic finale at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The 22-year-old sensation from the land of Genghis Khan took only a matter of seconds to force Kotomitsuki into submission and ushered the No. 2 maegashira over the straw ridge.

Spring champion Chiyotaikai (2-0) stormed to the second of 13 or more wins he needs to be considered for promotion to yokozuna as he stunned winless Takanonami with a pair of neck thrusts before chasing the No. 2 maegashira out of the ring.

Tochiazuma (1-1), who needs at least eight wins to stay at ozeki, hesitated at the charge and it proved to be a costly mistake as Mongolian trickster Kyokushuzan (1-1) wrapped up the ozeki before forcing him into the splits on the sandy surface.

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