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Friday, Sept. 24, 2004

AUTUMN GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT

Kaio takes possession of lead

The Associated Press Grand champion Asashoryu was handed his third loss of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while ozeki Kaio took sole possession of the lead. Ozeki Kaio (left) pushes out No. 5 maegashira Dejima to take sole possession of the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

In Thursday's finale at Ryoguku Kokugikan, Asashoryu was shoved back at the faceoff and lost his balance before being shoved out over the straw ridge by sekiwake Miyabiyama.

Mongolian Asashoryu, who is bidding for his fifth straight Emperor's Cup, dropped to 9-3, while Miyabiyama improved to 6-6.

In other bouts, ozeki Kaio took a big step toward the title when he got both arms around Dejima and used his weight advantage to drive his opponent out and improve to 10-2.

No. 5 maegahsira Dejima is still in the title hunt but dropped to 9-3.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai continues to struggle and was overwhelmed by Kakizoe en route to suffering his sixth loss of the tournament.

No. 6 maegashira Kakizoe improved to 7-5 when he got both arms around the ozeki wrestler shortly after the faceoff, a move that kept Chiyotaikai from deploying his trademark arm thrusts.

No. 3 maegashira Tochinonada stayed in the hunt for the Emperor's Cup with a win over komusubi Kyokutenho.

Tochinonada improved to 9-3 when he used an arm throw to send the Mongolian wrestler sprawling to the dirt surface and his eighth loss against four wins.

In an earlier bout, Mongolian Kyokushuzan kept his title hopes alive when he shoved out No. 12 maegashira Takanowaka, who dropped to 7-5.

No. 10 maegashira Kyokusuzan led the 15-day tourney for much of the first week and is still in the running with a record of 9-3.

Sekiwake Wakanosato needed two bouts to improve to 9-3 after he defeated 19-year-old Mongolian Hakuho.

Wakanosato appeared to have thrown the No. 3 maegashira down in the first bout but the ringside judges called for a rematch.

In the second bout, Wakanosato left little doubt when he grabbed Hakuho after the faceoff and drove him out in a matter of seconds. Hakuho dropped to an even 6-6.


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