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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Asashoryu wins 33rd straight

Grand champion Asashoryu extended his perfect record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, winning his third bout of the 15-day tournament.

Fighting in the final round at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, the Mongolian yokozuna grabbed the left leg of top maegashira Tochinonada just as the opponent lost balance, and toppled him.

Winners   Losers
Hakuho 3-0   Kasugao 2-1
Kinkaiyama 3-0   Takanowaka 1-2
Kobo 2-1   Takanonami 0-3
Futeno 3-0   Hayateumi 0-3
Aminishiki 2-1   Asanowaka 0-3
Tochisakae 2-1   Jumonji 1-2
Kaiho 2-1   Takekaze 1-2
Kyokushuzan 1-2   Toki 1-2
Kokkai 2-1   Harunoyama 1-2
Iwakiyama 2-1   Kotoryu 2-1
Tosanoumi 2-1   Buyuzan 0-3
Kakizoe 1-2   Kotonowaka 1-2
Hokutoriki 3-0   Tamanoshima 2-1
Kotomitsuki 2-1   Takamisakari 1-2
Tokitsuumi 3-0   Kyokutenho 1-2
Wakanosato 2-1   Dejima 0-3
Kaio 2-1   Asasekiryu 0-3
Chiyotaikai 3-0   Miyabiyama 0-3
Shimotori 3-0   Musoyama 1-2
Asashoryu 3-0   Tochinonada 1-2

Asashoryu (3-0) marked 33 straight wins Tuesday, extending the record he set earlier this week when he surpassed the 10-year mark of 30 consecutive victories by yokozuna Takanohana. Asashoryu is the overwhelming favorite to win the summer tournament.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai (3-0) slapped komusubi Miyabiyama (0-3) on the back as the opponent rose from the initial squatting position, sending the komusubi to the dirt.

No. 3 maegashira (3-0) quickly shoved ozeki Musoyama (1-2) to the ringside and gave him an impressive right hand throw.

Ozeki Kaio (2-1) hugged No. 2 maegashira Asasekiryu (0-3) by the shoulder, bulldozed him to the side of the ring and pushed him out.

Mongolian sekiwake Kyokutenho was thrown down by lower-ranked Tokitsuumi (3-0), a No. 4 maegashira, for his second defeat against one victory.

Takanonami quits

Former ozeki Takanonami brought the curtain down on a career spanning 17 years on the raised ring when he announced his retirement from professional sumo Tuesday, the third day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Takanonami, a former ozeki and two-time Emperor's Cup winner, was unable to hold back the tears at a news conference as he told reporters he has decided to call it quits as he can no longer compete at the top.

"I just can't wrestle the way I want to anymore," said Takanonami, who has been plagued with an ankle injury and other ailments."

Takanonami will continue to be involved in the sport as a sumo elder.

In 1994, Takanonami earned promotion to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki and two years later beat Takanohana at the New Year tournament to win his first Emperor's Cup.



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