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Monday, May 15, 2006

SUMMER GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT

Asasekiryu dishes out first loss to ozeki Chiyotaikai

Ozeki Chiyotaikai fell to his first defeat in a bout against Mongolian Asasekiryu on Sunday, leaving him in a three-way tie for the lead with ozeki Hakuho and sekiwake Miyabiyama at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Asasekiryu muscles out Ozeki Chiyotaikai on Sunday, the eighth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Chiyotaikai, who is aiming for his career fourth title, never got his trademark thrusting attack rolling in the day's final match and was hoisted over the edge from side by the No. 2 maegashira to slip to 7-1 at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Asasekiryu improved to 6-2.

Ozeki debutant Hakuho, meanwhile, disposed of ozeki killer Kakizoe in a whirlwind of slaps while sekiwake Miyabiyama also improved to 7-1 in a bust-up with teenager Kisenosato.

Hakuho, who is among the top favorites to win the Emperor's Cup in the absence of injury-hit yokozuna Asashoryu, kept Kakizoe at bay with a series of furious slaps before knocking the No. 1 maegashira forward onto the dirt with smack to the back. Kakizoe, who beat ozeki Kotooshu and Tochiazuma earlier in the meet, fell to 3-5.

Miyabiyama and top-ranked maegashira Kisenosato got in a slugfest after the faceoff before the sekiwake grabbed the back of his opponent's belt and quickly backpedaled him out. Kisenosato slipped to 4-4.

In other key bouts, Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu rebounded from his defeat to Kakizoe a day earlier, unleashing a nonstop thrusting attack against Aminishiki (4-4) to see his mark improve to 5-3.

Ozeki Kaio won his sixth straight after losing his first two bouts, dodging a bullet against Wakanosato after getting a late start at the faceoff.

The ozeki was pushed off balance by the No. 2 maegashira but regained control, grabbing his opponent's belt with both hands before heaving him over the straw bales.

Mongolian trickster Kyokushuzan got one hand under the belt of Kotoshogiku (3-5) while pinning his opponent's wrist with the other hand and ushered him over the ridge to improve to 6-2.

Kyokutenho (3-5) won a clash between Mongolian wrestlers with struggling Ama (1-7), slapping the newly promoted komusubi over the edge in matter of seconds.

Takamisakari (4-4) remained inbounds while perched on the edge in his bout against Tochinohana (3-5), spinning around before shoving out the No. 10 maegashira.

Earlier, Baruto of Estonia, who won the second-tier juryo division with a perfect 15-0 record in March, clobbered Yoshikaze (5-3), knocking his opponent to the dirt surface with a right-hand shove to improve to 6-2.



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