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Monday, May 23, 2005

Asashoryu rolls over Tochiazuma to finish basho undefeated

Yokozuna Asashoryu dispatched ozeki Tochiazuma Sunday, one day after clinching his fourth consecutive title to win the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with an undefeated record on Sunday.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu shoves out ozeki Tochiazuma on Sunday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan to finish the Summer Basho with an undefeated record.

In the finale at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Asashoryu never gave the ozeki a look in, ramming his opponent out in a matter of seconds to end his campaign with a perfect 15-0 record.

Tochiazuma, who is the only wrestler to defeat the yokozuna this year in a victory at the spring meet in March, finished the 15-day meet at 12-3.

The yokozuna won his 12th career Emperor's Cup, putting him in a tie with Samoan-born former yokozuna Musashimaru for the most titles won by a foreign wrestler.

"I think this is my best sumo ever and I just concentrated to do my best in every bout. I was able to keep up my momentum in this tournament and I'm really happy. My biggest rival is myself," said Asashoryu, who claimed his career fourth undefeated title.

The top three title winners in sumo history are Taiho (32), Chiyonofuji (31) and Kitanoumi (24).

In another key bout, a resurgent Kotomitsuki slammed into fellow komusubi Wakanosato (6-9) after the face-off and pushed his opponent over the ridge to finish at 13-2. Kotomitsuki won his sixth Technique Prize and is well on his way for a shot at ozeki promotion.

Mongolian sekiwake Hakuho smacked around ozeki Chiyotaikai before knocking his opponent over the edge to pick up his ninth victory. Chiyotaikai finished at 10-5.

Bulgarian Kotooshu, a fifth-ranked wrestler, kept his head low as he barreled into Tosanoumi (4-11) and shoved his opponent into the ringside seats to finish at 10-5.

Kotonowaka, who turned 37 last Sunday, scraped out a winning record when he dug deep to grind out Mongolian Kyokutenho, who fell to 6-9.

Fan favorite Takamisakari was bullied by Georgian Kokkai, who swung his hands like a madman in a brawl before squashing his opponent to the dohyo surface.

Russian Roho (7-8) shoved Toyozakura back hard with few meaty thrusts before slapping his opponent forward onto the clay to a 11th defeat.

Veteran Mongolian wrestler Kyokushuzan slapped down makuuchi debutant Katayama (8-7) immediately after the face-off, improving his record to an impressive 12-3.

Kyokushuzan earned himself his career first Fighting Spirit prize.

Futeno shoved out Shimotori (5-10) to win his first Fighting Spirit Prize with his 11th victory of the tournament.



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