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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Asashoryu takes sole lead at summer basho

The Associated Press

Mongolian Asashoryu moved into sole possession of the lead at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday after a lopsided win over Tamanoshima.

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Ozeki Chiyotaikai beats komusubi Wakanosato to improve to a 6-1 record Saturday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Yokozuna Asashoryu grabbed hold of Tamanoshima's arm in the day's final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan and flung the struggling top maegashira over the straw ridge to improve to a perfect 7-0. Tamanoshima fell to 2-5.

Asashoryu is gunning for his fourth straight Emperor's Cup and has a one-win lead over Chiyotaikai, Kyokushuzan and Tamakasuga, who was handed his first loss of the 15-day tourney.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai displayed deft footwork along the straw ridge and swatted Wakanosato out after a series of arm trusts to the upper body.

Chiyotaikai improved to 6-1 to move a step closer to securing the winning record he needs in this tournament to maintain his ozeki status. Komusubi Wakanosato fell to 4-3.

Ozeki Tochiazuma dodged a bullet and picked up his fifth win against two losses when he shoved out No. 2 maegashira, who dropped to 1-6.

Tochiazuma can ill-afford another loss if he wants to stay in the hunt for the Emperor's Cup.

Mongolian Kyokushuzan, a 16th-ranked maegashira, remained one win off the pace at 6-1 when No. 14 maegashira Hayateumi was forced to pull out due to injury.

Bulgarian Kotooshu, a No. 5 maegashira, got both arms on the belt of fan favorite Takamisakari and the threw the seventh-ranked maegashira to the dirt surface for his fourth win against three losses. Takamisakari dropped to 3-4.

In an earlier bout, No. 12 maegashira Buyuzan handed rank-and-filer Tamakasuga his first loss of the tourney when he shoved out the No. 16 maegashira to improve to 4-3.

Sekiwake Tosanoumi took advantage of a poor faceoff by top maegashira Roho and shoved the Russian grappler out to improve to 3-4. Roho dropped to an unflattering 2-5.

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