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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Still unbeaten: Veteran ozeki Kaio (right) improves to 3-0 by overpowering Tochiozan on the third day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday at Ryogoku Kokugikan. KYODO PHOTO

Ozeki debutant Baruto off to a solid start

Kyodo News

Baruto outmuscled Kotoshogiku Tuesday to continue his impressive start to his ozeki debut on the third day of action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Baruto improved to 3-0 and yokozuna Hakuho also stayed in a seven-way share of the lead with a comfortable win over top-ranked maegashira Miyabiyama at the 15-day Tokyo meet.

Kotoshogiku got his hands around Baruto after the faceoff but the Estonian behemoth stood firm as he pushed from the left side to hand the komusubi his first loss at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

"It was a pity that I couldn't ward him off at first," Baruto said. "But I caught him later, so overall it wasn't a bad fight."

Promoted after going 14-1 at the spring basho in March, Baruto is aiming to become the second European to lift the Emperor's Cup after Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu.

Hakuho, winner of the spring meet with a spotless 15-0 mark, was quick to grab Miyabiyama's (1-2) belt and took control to push the former ozeki out in the final bout of the day.

The Mongolian extended his winning streak to 20 bouts.

Elsewhere in the top ranks, Kotooshu was sent to his first loss by Georgian No. 2 maegashira Tochinoshin (2-1). Tochinoshin made it two wins out of two against ozeki here after beating Harumafuji on Monday.

Harumafuji earned his first win by shoving second-ranked Homasho down to his third defeat, and fellow ozeki Kotomitsuki also chalked up his first victory after overpowering No. 1 maegashira Toyonoshima (0-3).

Veteran ozeki Kaio (3-0) slapped down komusubi Tochiozan (1-2) to stay perfect.

In an earlier bout, popular maegashira Takamisakari (2-1) moved in from the left side in a frontal attack to ram 12th-ranked Takekaze (1-2) out of the ring.

Japanese ozeki hopeful Kisenosato (3-0) got a firm grip on Kitataiki's belt before prevailing in his first meeting with the maegashira (1-2).

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