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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Asashoryu looking to run table

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu is hungrier than ever and has set his sights on capturing all six Emperor's Cup titles this year.

The 23-year-old yokozuna said, a day after claiming his fourth consecutive title since the New Year meet on Sunday, that he is not happy with the way he wrestled at the 15-day meet at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium despite bringing home his eighth overall title.

"I'm not satisfied with this meet. I was missing something. This year, I want to win all the tournaments," Asashoryu said at a press conference on Monday.

Such a feat would be unprecedented as no wrestler has ever claimed all six titles in a year. But Asashoryu is warning the competition that his wrath will only continue.

"I want to test the wrestlers who seem to hold a future and create rivalries with them. The next meet (in September in Tokyo) is going to be an exciting one. I won't lose easily," he said.

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