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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Asashoryu, three others share lead

The Associated Press

Grand champion Asashoryu overpowered Kokkai on Wednesday to remain tied for the lead on the fourth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu beats No. 2 maegashira Kokkai with an upper-arm throw at Ryogoku Kokugikan during fourth-day action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Asashoryu quickly got a hold of Kokkai's belt after the faceoff and toppled the No. 2 maegashira at the edge to improve to a perfect 4-0. Kokkai dropped to 1-3.

The Mongolian yokozuna, who is gunning for his fourth straight Emperor's Cup, is tied with Kaio, Chiyotaikai and lower-ranked Tamakasuga for the lead in the 15-day tourney at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

In other major bouts, ozeki Tochiazuma came in low at the faceoff and used several powerful arm thrusts to force Tamanoshima out over the straw ridge. Tochiazuma improved to 3-1, while top maegashira Tamanoshima fell to 1-3.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai was all business in a win over Russian Roho.

After two false starts, Chiyotaikai burst out of the blocks and used a pair of arm thrusts to send the top maegashira over the straw ridge.

Chiyotaikai, who needs a winning record to maintain his ozeki status, improved to 4-0 while Roho dropped to an even 2-2.

Ozeki Kaio continued to impress and remained tied for the lead at 4-0 with a one-sided win over komusubi Wakanosato.

Kaio knocked Wakanosato off balance at the faceoff and then used several shoves to the upper body to send his opponent out in a matter of seconds. Wakanosato was handed his second straight loss and dropped to 2-2.

Mongolian sekiwake Hakuho was handed his second straight loss when he was swatted down by Miyabiyama at the center of the ring.

Hakuho forced Miyabiyama back at the faceoff but the No. 3 maegashira deftly stepped to his side and watched as Hakuho fell to the dirt surface. Both wrestlers stand at 2-2.

Bulgarian Kotooshu, a fifth-ranked maegashira, got both arms around Kaiho and lifted the diminutive No. 4 maegashira out to improved to an even 2-2. Kaiho dropped to 1-3.

Komusubi Kotomitsuki dodged to one side at the faceoff and swatted down Tosanoumi in a matter of seconds to improve to 2-2. Sekiwake Tosanoumi fell to 1-3.

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