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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Asashoryu hurts arm in surprise loss

Yokozuna Asashoryu hurt his right arm in a loss to rank-and-filer Wakanosato on the second day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, raising doubts about whether he will be able to continue at the 15-day meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu is forced out of the ring by Wakanosato on Monday, the second day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

Asashoryu took control after the faceoff in the day's final bout, pushing his No. 2 maegashira opponent to the edge, but Wakanosato turned the tables at the last second to send the Mongolian grand champion crashing out.

Asashoryu was slow standing and received emergency medical treatment from a trainer at his Takasago stable.

After his elbow was iced in the dressing room, Asashoryu was taken to a Tokyo hospital but left without undergoing an examination as his personal physician was off duty. "Right now, I can't say anything about him continuing at the meet," said stable master Takasago.

"My elbow isn't really in good shape. I'll have to see how it feels tomorrow (to decide whether to continue wrestling on the third day)," said Asashoryu.

In another upset, ozeki Tochiazuma saw his hopes of yokozuna promotion take a dent in a first defeat to rank-and-filer Kotoshogiku, who improved to 1-1.

Tochiazuma, who needs at least 13 wins to be considered for promotion, was ground out by the No. 3 maegashira, who grabbed the ozeki by the back of the "mawashi" belt and heaved him over with minimal effort.

Newly promoted Mongolian ozeki Hakuho hardly broke a sweat as he got both hands wrapped around countryman Asasekiryu before escorting out the No. 2 maegashira in a textbook frontal attack to stay perfect at 2-0. Asasekiryu slipped to 1-1.

Kaio was the second ozeki casualty in a weak display against former ozeki Miyabiyama, who slapped his opponent around like a rag doll before sending the ozeki over the edge to his second straight loss.

Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu, meanwhile, hit Komusubi Ama with a series of hard shoves before getting his right arm under his opponent's shoulder and sending him out to move to 1-1.



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