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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Hakuho cruises to 2-0

NAGOYA (AP) Mongolian Hakuho overpowered Dejima on Monday to remain undefeated after the first two days of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Yokozuna Hakuho slams down No. 2 maegashira Dejima on Monday on the second day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. KYODO PHOTO

Grand champion Hakuho barely broke a sweat in the day's final bout at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium when he knocked Dejima off balance at the faceoff and swatted the No. 2 maegashira down to improve to 2-0. Dejima dropped to 1-1.

Hakuho was promoted to grand champion in May, becoming the fourth non-Japanese to reach sumo's highest rank.

Hakuho gained promotion after winning both the spring and summer tournaments this year and is off to a strong start in his debut at the sport's highest rank.

In other major bouts, grand champion Asashoryu bounced back from Sunday's upset when he got both hands on the belt of Wakanosato and calmly lifted the No. 2 maegashira out over the ridge to give both wrestlers a record of 1-1.

Asashoryu is gunning for his 21st Emperor's Cup.

Bulgarian Kotooshu bounced back from Sunday's loss when he deployed a textbook arm throw to send komusubi Tokitenku sprawling to the dirt surface. Both wrestlers stand at 1-1.

In a showdown of heavyweights, top maegashira Asasekiryu forced Kaio to the edge and forced the ozeki out to pick up his first win.

Kaio, who put up little resistance, dropped to 1-1.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai relied on a series of arm thrusts to send Aminishiki over the edge while improving to 2-0.

Komusubi Aminishiki, who defeated Asashoryu on Sunday, fell to 1-1.

Sekiwake Kotomitsuki got a hold of Takekaze's belt and flung the third-ranked maegashira out to move to 2-0. Takekaze remained winless.

Russian Roho, a No. 2 maegashira, turned Toyonoshima around after the faceoff and shoved the fourth-ranked wrestler out to improve to 2-0. Toyonoshima stands at 1-1.

Top maegashira Kotoshogiku got both hands on the belt of Mongolian Ama (1-1) and lifted the sekiwake out over the edge to pick up his first win.

Baruto pulls out

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Estonian wrestler Baruto pulled out of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday after sustaining a knee injury in his opening-day bout on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Baruto, who has a chronic injury to his left knee, damaged ligaments in the same area in a loss to fellow rank-and-filer Tosanoumi.

The 14th-ranked maegashira withdrew from a tournament for the fifth time in his career and first in two meets.

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