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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

No problems for Hakuho

Kyodo News

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho put on a sumo clinic to see off Aminishiki and make it two wins out of two at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

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Flying start: Goiedo throws Kotomitsuki to the ground on the second day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Monday. KYODO PHOTO

Seeking consecutive titles after winning the spring meet with a flawless 15-0 record, Hakuho railroaded his top-ranked opponent before yokozuna rival Asashoryu followed suit with a convincing win over Homasho. Aminishiki dropped to 0-2

Asashoryu (2-0) got an early blow to Homasho's (0-2) face with his upper left arm and yanked the No. 1 maegashira down to the sandy surface by the back of the neck in the day's finale at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Asashoryu is aiming for his 24th Emperor's Cup and first title in two meets.

At sumo's second rank of ozeki, Bulgarian Kotooshu rebounded from Sunday's upset defeat to Goiedo by shunting out third-ranked Tamanoshima (1-1), while ailing veteran Chiyotaikai slapped down second-ranked Takekaze (0-2) for his second win.

Chiyotaikai is battling against relegation for a record 13th time, and the veteran Kokonoe stable wrestler needs to post a majority of wins here to retain his ozeki rank.

In an impressive start to his sekiwake debut, Goeido (2-0) claimed his second ozeki scalp in as many days by pulling Kotomitsuki down to a first loss.

"My sumo was not that good but I am glad to get the win. I will keep on doing my best," said Goeido.

Kotomitsuki was the only wrestler to let the ozeki rank down as Harumafuji (2-0), formerly Ama, dodged a bullet to shove out komusubi Tochiozan (0-2).

Aging ozeki Kaio delivered a vintage performance, quickly locking up Mongolian komusubi Kakryu (0-2) at the charge and barging him over the straw bales to improve to 2-0.

Elsewhere in the top ranks, Estonian behemoth Baruto was saddled with a second defeat, the sekiwake being put on his backside by Mongolian No. 2 maegashira Kyokutenho, who picked up his first win.

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