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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

Asashoryu bounces back with easy victory

Kyodo News

Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu got back on the winning track by bashing up feisty maegashira Kisenosato, while yokozuna rival Hakuho preserved his unbeaten start to stay tied for the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.

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Solid performance: Yokozuna Asashoryu overpowers No. 2 maegashira Kisenosato for his third win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. KYODO PHOTO

Asashoryu (3-1) rebounded from Tuesday's loss to Miyabiyama in typical fashion, clawing, shaking and eventually ramming out winless Kisenosato in the day's finale to gain a measure of revenge for a shocking defeat in the last meeting between the two at the summer basho in May.

Asashoryu eventually pulled out of the summer basho with an injury.

Asashoryu's win came after Hakuho had produced another clinical display in the preceding bout, shrugging off No. 3 maegashira Kyokutenho (1-3) before chasing his countryman over the straw bales at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Hakuho, who won the Nagoya meet in July with a flawless 15-0 record and is seeking his eighth overall title, shares the lead at 4-0 with rank-and-filers Hokutoriki, Goeido and Kimurayama.

Elsewhere it was a day of upsets for wrestlers from sumo's second rank of ozeki with only baby-faced bruiser Kotomitsuki (3-1) emerging unscathed after outmuscling fourth-ranked maegashira Aminishiki (1-3).

Chiyotaikai saw his unbeaten record go up in smoke when Mongolian komusubi Asasekiryu (2-2) sidestepped the ozeki at the charge and watched him going flying onto the sandy surface.

Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu (1-3), who only recently flirted with promotion to yokozuna, failed to respond to an attack from top-ranked Miyabiyama (2-2) and was sentenced to his third consecutive defeat.

Ama restored pride for the sekiwake rank, stunning aging ozeki Kaio (2-2) with a pulling overarm throw after Toyonoshima's (1-3) indifferent start continued as the sekiwake was taken out by Estonian skyscraper Baruto (2-2).

In earlier bouts, No. 9 maegashira Hokutoriki stayed among the early pacesetters after pulling down Tochinoshin (1-3) while 14th-ranked Kimurayama made it four wins out of four by thrusting out winless Yoshikaze. Fifth-ranked Goeido yanked down Tokitenku.

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