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Friday, May 16, 2003

Asashoryu leads on his own

The Associated Press Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu shoved out Takanonami on Thursday to move into sole possession of the lead at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Fighting in the final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Asashoryu went for the neck of Takanonami at the face off and then used several powerful arm thrusts to send the No. 2 maegashira out over the ridge.

Asashoryu improved to a perfect 5-0 while Takanonami fell to 1-4.

In other major bouts, sekiwake Dejima lost his share of the lead and fell to 4-1 when he was flung down to the dirt surface shortly after the face off by No. 3 maegashira Tamanoshima, who improved to 3-2.

A group of seven wrestlers, including Dejima, are one win off the pace at 4-1.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai used his trademark arm thrusts to the neck to shove out komusubi Tosanoumi and pick up his fourth win. Tosanoumi, who went tumbling into the first row of seats, fell to 1-4.

Ozeki Kaio got both arms on the belt of Mongolian Kyokutenho and waltzed the komusubi out of the dohyo in a matter of seconds. Kaio picked up his third win while Kyokutenho's record dropped to 2-3.

Top maegashira Tochinonada shoved out ozeki Musoyama to remain one win off the lead at 4-1. Musoyama continues to struggle and fell to 2-3.

Kotomitsuki withdraws Kyodo News Second-ranked maegashira Kotomitsuki, citing pain in both elbows, said Thursday he will sit out the rest of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament after a disastrous start to the meet.

The former ozeki hopeful, who has lost four straight bouts since the start of the 15-day meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, pulled out of his fourth overall tournament and first since last summer's meet.

Kotomitsuki had bone chips surgically removed from his left elbow after the New Year's meet in January but has failed to completely recover. He is also complaining of pain in his right elbow.



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