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A good match between Mitakeumi and Asanoyama.

Kakuryu doing better so far than I expected.

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I had the same feeling until today. Kakuryu has Enho on Saturday. That will be interesting. I get the impression Hakuho can't wrestle Enho because they are from the same stable unless they are wrestling for the Emperor's Cup. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Hakuho and Mitakeumi on Saturday as well. That hopefully will be good.
 

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A good match between Mitakeumi and Asanoyama.



I had the same feeling until today. Kakuryu has Enho on Saturday. That will be interesting. I get the impression Hakuho can't wrestle Enho because they are from the same stable unless they are wrestling for the Emperor's Cup. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Hakuho and Mitakeumi on Saturday as well. That hopefully will be good.

That is correct. Hakuho and Endo will only meet in a hon-basho if they were to face each other in a play-off.

The February charity tournament is different, stablemates fight each other regularly.

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Haru Day 8: Hakuho remains perfect as fellow wrestler pulls out with fever
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Yokozuna Hakuho stormed ahead to his eighth victory while another wrestler at the tourney pulled out after running a high fever. It was easy sailing for the Mongolian in a quick win over maegashira Abi (4-4) that left Hakuho leading two wrestlers with 7-1 records.

The 15-day meet entered its final week at Edion Arena Osaka under a cloud after No. 15 maegashira Chiyomaru recorded a fever of at least 37.5 C for two straight days and withdrew. The Japan Sumo Association began the tournament on the understanding it would be canceled should either a wrestler or association member test positive for the coronavirus. Chiyomaru (5-3), who defaulted his match against No. 17 Meisei (3-5), was examined at a hospital and returned to his Kokonoe stable's training base, where he is being quarantined from other wrestlers.

Hakuho, who is looking to extend his career record for grand tournament championships with his 44th, took a shove to the throat from Abi and absorbed a shove before yanking the maegashira to one side. As Abi crashed forward out of control, Hakuho clutched his opponent's torso to break his fall.

No. 3 Mitakeumi lost his chance to stay one win back of Hakuho when he was beaten badly on the opening charge by yokozuna Kakuryu, who rammed home and drove him out, leaving both men at 6-2.

Sekiwake Asanoyama (6-2), who is chasing promotion to ozeki, fell to this second loss in three days. Asanoyama beat No. 3 Yutakayama (3-5) on the charge, backed him to the straw and was poised to shove him out, when the maegashira evaded an awkward shove and the sekiwake's follow through left him off balance. Yutakayama seized the moment, counterattacked and finished the match with a beltless arm throw.

No. 13 Aoiyama (7-1) had an easy time getting back on the winning track after suffering his first loss the day before. After the charge, No. 17 Daiamami (3-5) shifted his balance too far forward in search of a belt hold and was easily slapped down by the Bulgarian former sekiwake.

Ninth-ranked maegashira Takanosho also improved to 7-1 with an easy win when No. 6 Myogiryu (1-7) stumbled off balance on his opening charge and was easily pulled down to defeat.

Hakuho's stablemate No. 12 Ishiura (6-2) stayed two wins off the pace by beating No. 14 Nishikigi (1-7).

No. 11 Chiyotairyu suffered his second loss, as 22-year-old makuuchi-division debutant Kotonowaka (6-2) repelled the heavier wrestler's charge and then propelled him backward from the ring with a well-orchestrated series of shoves.

Ozeki Takakeisho maintained a relentless pursuit and shoved out komusubi Hokutofuji (2-6) to win his third straight bout and improve to 5-3.

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Great power sumo in the Tochinoshin and Takarafuji bout on Saturday. Takarafuji is one of my favorites even though he never moves too much in the ranks. Just all business.

The Kakuryu and Enho match was fun as Enho finally meets a yokozuna in the dohyo.

Hakuho looks like the man to beat in this yusho as usual.
 

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Great power sumo in the Tochinoshin and Takarafuji bout on Saturday. Takarafuji is one of my favorites even though he never moves too much in the ranks. Just all business.

The Kakuryu and Enho match was fun as Enho finally meets a yokozuna in the dohyo.

Hakuho looks like the man to beat in this yusho as usual.

Yes, hard to see anyone else winning this time.

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Haru Day 9: Hakuho preserves sole lead at virus-threatened tourney
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Hakuho remains the only undefeated wrestler after capturing his ninth straight win, though the meet's continuation was called into question after a fever-stricken wrestler was compelled to undergo a test for the new coronavirus.

Hakuho had little trouble dispatching No. 5 maegashira Ryuden (4-5) on Day 9 of the event being held behind closed doors at Edion Arena Osaka.

No. 15 Chiyomaru, who pulled out with a fever a day earlier, recorded a temperature of over 37.5 C for at least two straight days and consented to be tested for the virus. According to the JSA's crisis management director, Chiyomaru's temperature rose to 40 C on Monday morning and the 28-year-old was taken to a city hospital, where he was told his fever was likely caused by a bacterial skin infection.

His Kokonoe stablemaster, however, advised Chiyomaru to undergo a test to check for coronavirus infection as a precautionary measure. An X-ray test of Chiyomaru's chest was normal.

The JSA made the unprecedented decision to hold the 15-day tournament in Osaka without spectators on the understanding it would immediately cancel the meet should a wrestler or association member test positive for the virus.

Chiyomaru is being quarantined at his stable's lodgings in Osaka's Sumiyoshi Ward. No anomalies have been reported among the other wrestlers from his stable.

In other Day 9 bouts, the two men on Hakuho's heels each earned their eighth victories of the meet to remain one win off the pace. No. 13 Aoiyama steamrolled No. 11 Chiyotairyu (6-3), while No. 9 Takanosho turned No. 7 Tamawashi (2-7) around and pushed him out.

Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a slapping attack from No. 4 Abi (4-5) and headlines a group of five wrestlers tied at 7-2. Abi failed to land a crucial shove on the ropes and overstepped as Kakuryu pounced on the chance to push his opponent out from behind.

Ozeki hopeful Asanoyama (7-2) prevailed in a sekiwake showdown with Shodai (4-5) to remain on track for a promotion. Shodai denied his colleague a belt hold and took Asanoyama back, but Asanoyama recovered and drove his opponent over the straw.

Takakeisho (5-4), the only ozeki on the banzuke, was defeated by No. 3 Yutakayama (4-5). Takakeisho drove Yutakayama to the edge after a hard initial hit, but Yutakayama held his ground and nudged the ozeki out after pushing him off balance.

No. 3 Mitakeumi (7-2) shoved komusubi Hokutofuji (2-7) off the dohyo, while komusubi Endo (5-4) thrusted out No. 4 Enho (3-6) to even their head-to-head at one apiece.

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Haru Day 10: Hakuho suffers upset, falls into 2-way tie for lead
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Yokozuna Hakuho fell into a two-way tie for the lead following his first defeat, while fears about the possible cancellation of the meet subsided after a fever-stricken wrestler tested negative for the new coronavirus.

Hakuho was put to the test by No. 5 maegashira Onosho (6-4) in the penultimate bout of Day 10 at the empty Edion Arena Osaka. The Mongolian-born yokozuna failed to get ahold of the frenetic rank-and-filer, who circled around and plowed Hakuho straight off the dohyo before the grand champion could mount a defense.

The other yokozuna, Kakuryu, quickly muscled No. 5 Ryuden (4-6) over the straw to find himself within a win of his colleague at 8-2 after Hakuho's shock upset.

The remainder of the 15-day meet had been cast into doubt when No. 15 Chiyomaru pulled out with a fever and recorded a temperature of over 37.5 C for two straight days. Chiyomaru was diagnosed at a local hospital as likely having a bacterial skin infection but underwent a coronavirus test Monday to be safe. The Japan Sumo Association announced a negative result before the start of matches Tuesday. Chiyomaru will return to the meet on Wednesday.

In other action, the two men who entered Day 10 one win behind sole overnight leader Hakuho had mixed fates. No. 13 Aoiyama improved to 9-1 for a share of the lead, while No. 9 Takanosho (8-2) succumbed to his second loss but kept his place on the leaderboard.

Aoiyama wasted little time dispatching No. 16 Shimanoumi (5-5), who had no answer for the Bulgarian's powerful shoves and was quickly driven over the straw. But Takanosho faltered in his match against No. 7 Takarafuji (7-3), getting the better of the initial clash but overextending his reach as Takarafuji sidestepped and forced him down to the clay.

Ozeki Takakeisho was slapped down by sekiwake Shodai as both wrestlers moved to 5-5. Takakeisho took Shodai to the straw twice but the sekiwake skillfully jumped aside and let the ozeki's momentum do most of the damage.

Sekiwake Asanoyama and No. 3 Mitakeumi both prevailed on day 10 to join Kakuryu and Takanosho at 8-2, one win off the pace. Asanoyama racked up another win in his bid for an ozeki promotion, beating No. 4 Enho (3-7). The division's lightweight had Asanoyama chasing him around the ring but stepped out as the sekiwake kept him on the ropes with a relentless shoving assault.

Mitakeumi hit komusubi Endo (5-5) hard with his initial charge and bulldozed the fan-favorite over the straw.

Hokutofuji (2-8) fell to his eighth defeat and ensured a losing record. The returning komusubi struggled to gain ground against No. 6 Myogiryu (3-7) and was pulled down by the arms while trying to connect on a thrust.

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A big win for young Onosho today. An upset indeed.

Hokutofuji seems to have trouble keeping his sanyaku rank. Let's see if Endo and Shodai can get eight wins.
 

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A big win for young Onosho today. An upset indeed.

Hokutofuji seems to have trouble keeping his sanyaku rank. Let's see if Endo and Shodai can get eight wins.[/QUO

That opens up the race a bit, although Hakuho will probably need to lose again to give Kakuryu a chance.

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Haru Day 11: Hakuho and Aoiyama retain joint lead
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Yokozuna Hakuho bounced back from his first loss and collected his 10th win of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament to remain in a two-way tie for the lead with rank-and-filer Aoiyama.

The Mongolian-born grand champion charged out of the gates in the final bout at Edion Arena Osaka and plowed straight through his Day 11 opponent, komusubi Hokutofuji.

Hokutofuji (2-9) went into the bout having beaten Hakuho three times in nine career matchups but has struggled to gain momentum at this tournament since beating yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 2.

The other co-leader, No. 13 Aoiyama, kicked off Day 11 action in the top division by beating rookie Kotonowaka and retaining a shot at his maiden title. Aoiyama (10-1) was nearly pulled down by the lowly No. 18 maegashira in his initial charge, but the Bulgarian recovered and used his 193-kilogram frame to drive Kotonowaka (7-4) to the straw and thrust him out.

The next rung on the leaderboard also remained the same, with Kakuryu headlining a group of four on the heels of the Hakuho and Aoiyama.

Kakuryu (9-2) was made to work by sekiwake Shodai (5-6) but prevailed in the end. The yokozuna was forced back with several strong thrusts but denied Shodai a hold on his belt and kept him upright while pushing him out. Shodai has yet to beat Kakuryu in 13 attempts.

Asanoyama (9-2) defeated No. 5 Ryuden (4-7) and is now three wins away from meeting one of the benchmarks for an ozeki promotion -- 33 wins over a span of three tournaments. The sekiwake countered a strong initial hit from Ryuden then got ahold of his opponent's belt before muscling him out.

No. 3 Mitakeumi (9-2) survived a scare against No. 1 Daieisho (7-4) to claim his third consecutive win since suffering back-to-back losses against the grand champions on Saturday and Sunday. The former sekiwake was taken back and nearly drilled over the straw, but deftly maneuvered to the side and used Daieisho's momentum to send him out instead.

No. 9 Takanosho (9-2) pushed out No. 12 Ishiura (7-4) to keep his place on the leaderboard.

Takakeisho (5-6), the lone ozeki, fell to his sixth loss after getting beaten by No. 4 Abi (5-6). Takakeisho employed his tried-and-true pushing technique but had no response for Abi's nimble footwork and was shoved out. The pair have now split their four meetings in the top division.

Endo improved to 6-5 with a win over No. 5 Onosho (6-5). The komusubi gave up early ground against Onosho, who handed Hakuho his first loss of the meet to zero fanfare on Tuesday, but circled around and bulldozed his opponent off the dohyo.

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I'm never much for Tochinoshin's henkas. It seems he does this more than most rikishi.

With so many sports cancelled due to COVID-19/coronavirus it's good to watch sumo even with no fans.
 
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Haru Day 12: Aoiyama takes sole lead after Hakuho loses to Shodai
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The big Bulgarian continued his impressive run by beating Mitakeumi and improving to 11-1, while Hakuho went down for just the second time in 11 bouts against Shodai at Edion Arena Osaka.

Hakuho (10-2) delivered a powerful right-hand slap before driving Shodai (6-6) to the edge, but the sekiwake powered his way back to grab a belt hold and force out the yokozuna, who took his first loss of the meet two days earlier.

In a battle of former sekiwake with title aspirations, No. 13 maegashira Aoiyama (11-1) opened with a strong charge and stayed on the front foot to push out No. 3 Mitakeumi (9-3). With the result, Aoiyama evened the slate at four wins apiece head to head with Mitakeumi, who is bidding for a return to the three "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna.

The other Mongolian-born grand champion, Kakuryu, stayed one win off the pace by beating komusubi Endo in the final bout of Day 12. Following a false start, Endo (6-6) made a solid opening charge, but Kakuryu (10-2) kept his balance while retreating as he toppled the komusubi with an overarm throw.

Struggling ozeki Takakeisho improved to 6-6 with a vital win against No. 5 Ryuden (4-8). The 169-kilogram powerhouse quickly wrapped up the bout with a thrust down to avoid his fourth straight loss of the meet, which is taking place without spectators as a safety measure in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Sekiwake Asanoyama (10-2) stayed in contention for the championship and took another step toward ozeki promotion by pushing down No. 9 Takanosho (9-3). The Toyama Prefecture native was strong off the mark and maintained the momentum before sending Takanosho tumbling.

Komusubi Hokutofuji (3-9) earned a face-saving win by toppling No. 4 maegashira Enho (4-8). With the victory by arm-bar force down, Hokutofuji ended the 99-kg dynamo's run of winning records at four.

Among the rank and file, No. 12 Ishiura (8-4) clinched a winning record by downing No. 18 Kotonowaka (7-5), who has three more chances to obtain the all-important eighth victory in his top-division debut. Brazilian No. 14 Kaisei improved to 8-4, defeating No. 8 Shohozan (2-10) for his second straight winning tournament since returning to the top flight. No. 7 Takarafuji also won his eighth, beating No. 11 Chiyotairyu (7-5).

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It's hard to believe Aoiyama is the leader on the yusho race today. Unlike last basho, both yokozuna are still in the race. I'm assuming he'll have to meet at least one of them if he continues to win.

A very nice win for Shodai against Hakuho today. Friday has some interesting matches. Takakeisho vs Kakuryu and Asanoyama vs Hakuho.
 

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Haru Day 13: Hakuho, Kakuryu move into 3-way tie for lead with Aoiyama
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Hakuho overpowered fellow title contender Asanoyama in the day's marquee bout, while Kakuryu compounded struggling ozeki Takakeisho's woes. No. 13 maegashira Aoiyama, meanwhile, may have blown his best shot at an Emperor's Cup following an underwhelming loss to No. 9 Takonosho.

In the day's final clash, Hakuho drove Asanoyama back to the straw and resisted the sekiwake's last-ditch attempt at a pull down to claim victory by push out. Despite being denied a share of the lead, Asanoyama (10-3) can still obtain the 12 wins he needs to meet one of the benchmarks for promotion to ozeki.

Kakuryu used quick footwork to outmaneuver Takakeisho, who has looked far from his best at the current tournament. As the pair exchanged blows, Kakuryu secured a shallow belt grip and denied Takakeisho room to wind up for his favored thrusting attack before hoisting the ozeki over the straw. The loss leaves Takakeisho (6-7) dangerously close to a losing record that would see him contest the next tournament as a demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki.

Aoiyama started the day just three wins away from his maiden championship following Hakuho's upset loss to sekiwake Shodai the previous day. But the big Bulgarian was barely in the contest against Takonosho, succumbing to a push out straight from the jump. Following the opening collision, Aoiyama half-heartedly tried to pull down Takanosho (10-3), but the smaller wrestler kept his balance and easily drove his way to victory.

No. 3 Mitakeumi stayed one win off the pace at 10-3 by forcing out No. 7 Takarafuji (8-5). A two-time Emperor's Cup-winner, Mitakeumi is aiming to return to the three "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna. He lost to Aoiyama on Day 12.

A day after stunning Hakuho, Shodai withstood a spirited challenge from No. 4 Abi to move closer to a winning record at 7-6. Desperate to avoid a critical eighth loss in the 15-day tournament, Abi opened with a flurry of thrusts that left Shodai teetering at the edge. But just as he did against Hakuho, Shodai managed to stay inside the straw before rallying back, eventually toppling Abi (5-8) with a frontal push down.

Komusubi Endo also kept a winning record in his sights, improving to 7-6 by beating No. 6 Kagayaki. Following a solid collision, Endo gained a belt hold that enabled him to force out Kagayaki (7-6) and continue his recent head-to-head dominance against the maegashira.

Komusubi Hokutofuji continued his disappointing tournament, dropping to 3-10 with a force-out loss to No. 5 Ryuden (5-8).

Among the rank and file, No. 5 Onosho and No. 12 Ikioi secured winning records at 8-5 with victories, respectively, against No. 11 Terutsuyoshi and makuuchi-division debutant Kotonowaka (both 7-6).

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Haru Day 14: Hakuho and Kakuryu share lead heading into final day
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For the first time since July, Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu will both be competing on the final day after they both wrapped up wins to improve to 12-2 on Saturday at Edion Arena Osaka.

In Saturday’s final bout, Kakuryu survived a scare against promotion-chasing sekiwake Asanoyama, who came looking for 12 wins in Osaka that might have smoothed his ascension to ozeki, sumo’s second-highest rank. The win evened Kakuryu’s career mark against the 26-year-old rising star at 2-2.

Asanoyama appeared en route to a crucial win as he flung Kakuryu out of the ring, but as the two fell from the ring, the sekiwake’s elbow touched down first, leaving him with a 10-4 record.

Hakuho, looking to extend his record for career championships with his 44th and his first since November, overcame one false start to easily put down Aoiyama.

The yokozuna, who was granted Japanese citizenship in September, received the charge and deflected Aoiyama’s arms, preventing him from grabbing a belt hold while shunting the 193-kg Bulgarian to his right and down to the sandy surface. The loss was the No. 13 maegashira’s 22nd against Hakuho in 23 career bouts.

Takakeisho (7-7), who has already lost his ozeki ranking once for failing to record eight wins in two consecutive tournaments, gave himself a chance at eight wins with a skillful frontal thrust-out of No. 5 Onosho (8-6). If Takakeisho fails to win on Sunday, he’ll be fighting in the next grand tournament as a kadoban ozeki in jeopardy of losing his rank.

Popular komusubi Endo was yanked down to a seventh loss, the result of a poor charge against No. 4 Abi (6-8). The maegashira made first contact, placing one hand on each of Endo’s shoulders to prop him up before pulling him down to defeat. Endo, who has never wrestled as high as sekiwake, will now take his bid for a winning record down to the last day.

Sekiwake Shodai, meanwhile, secured his eighth win with a routine force-out of No. 7 Takarafuji (8-6).

No. 9 Takanosho earned his 11th win with a solid shoving attack, pinning No. 3 Mitakeumi’s arms to prevent him from getting a belt hold that could have turned the tables. Mitakeumi, a former sekiwake looking to return to the three sanyaku ranks below yokozuna, fell to 10-4.

Daieisho (8-6), demoted to No. 1 maegashira after his lone tournament as a komusubi in January, will likely get another shot in the sanyaku after a hard-fought win over No. 5 Ryuden (5-9).

Makuuchi-division debutant Kotonowaka threw No. 14 Nishikigi (5-9) to earn his eighth win, secure a winning record and ensure he’ll be competing in the top division in the next grand tournament.

Former ozeki Kotoshogiku, a No. 13 maegashira, failed to earn his eighth win in his bout with No. 11 Chiyotairyu (8-6). Kotoshogiku hasn’t had a winning record since he won 11 bouts here a year ago.

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The finale for this basho looks to be exciting. Kakuryu's ability to ignore his natural reflexes and land head first gave him that win over Asanoyama who was more in control of that match. I hope the yokozuna showdown will be worth it. Obviously I want Kakuryu to win but I know his record isn't the best against Hakuho and Hakuho is a brilliant yokozuna.

Do you think if Asanoyama wins on Sunday against Takakeisho that even with 32 wins in three bashos he'd get an ozeki promotion? Didn't Kisenosato get ozeki promotion on 32 wins?
 

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Since there is only one ozeki, they may promote Asanoyama with 32 wins. It would be a different thing if there were already three or four ozeki.

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Haru Day 15: Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to claim record 44th Emperor's Cup
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Hakuho seized a record-extending 44th top-level championship after outlasting fellow yokozuna Kakuryu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolian-born grand champions came into Day 15 tied for the lead at 12-2, setting up a tantalizing winner-take-all battle in the final bout of the meet at Edion Arena Osaka.

Following a false start from Hakuho, Kakuryu gained an early advantage thanks to a shallow belt grip, but the all-time great countered with a belt grip of his own. After repositioning his feet, Hakuho muscled his opponent over the straw for a frontal force-out that denied Kakuryu (12-3) a seventh Emperor's Cup.

Though it provided drama inside the ring, the 15-day tournament will be remembered as the first in the history of sumo to be held in an empty arena after spectators were locked out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"On the very first day, I felt really strange, and it was really difficult to maintain motivation," Hakuho said. "There were a lot of ups and downs, but it was not just me. Everybody felt the same way."

Visibly exhausted after winning the longest bout of the day, the 35-year-old credited his mental strength for helping him secure victory after Kakuryu had taken the upper hand. "I was able to regain calmness and I think I was able to move very nimbly," said Hakuho, who took Japanese citizenship last year. "To undergo such an unprecedented tournament is not just a very good experience for my sumo career, but my life as a whole."

In the penultimate bout, ozeki Takekeisho battled sekiwake Asanoyoma with a winning record and promotion on the line, respectively. Takakeisho (7-8) opened with a powerful drive that forced Asanoyama (11-4) to the edge, but the sekiwake grabbed a belt grip that gave him the momentum for a push-down victory.

Takakeisho must now contest the next tournament as a demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki, while Asanoyama is on track for promotion following a recommendation by the Japan Sumo Association's judges division.

No. 9 maegashira Takanosho (12-3) capped off an excellent 15 days by pushing down sekiwake Shodai (8-7). The 25-year-old, who won his first Fighting Spirit Prize, will go into the next meet with his highest-ever ranking.

Komusubi Endo fell to No. 7 Takarafuji (9-6) by push out, ending with a 7-8 losing record that will see him drop out of the three "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna. Komusubi Hokutofuji will also start the next meet back among the rank and file after a 4-11 finish. The Saitama native was forced out by No. 8 Shohozan (4-11).

A day after relinquishing his share of the lead, No. 13 maegashira Aoiyama took home the Technique Prize for an impressive 11-4 tournament in which he made a surprise tilt at the title. "I hadn't even though about (the championship) until halfway through the tournament, and at that point I realized I was a marked man, which made me nervous," said the 33-year-old from Bulgaria, who lost his final-day bout to No. 12 Ishiura (9-6).

The Outstanding Performance Prize winner, No. 5 Onosho, finished at 9-6 after beating No. 3 Mitakeumi (10-5). Onosho, a 23-year-old former komusubi who earned a "kimboshi" prize for beating Hakuho on Day 10, said he did not expect to be recognized as a top performer. "I just did what I was supposed to do. I am very happy (with the prize), as it was unexpected," Onosho said. "I've been trying a lot of things, which might finally be bearing fruit."

No. 2 Okinoumi finished at 8-7 after beating No. 13 maegashira and former ozeki Kotoshogiku (7-8) in a battle of rank-and-file grapplers with seven wins.

No. 6 Kagayaki improved to 8-7 after beating No. 17 Meisei (7-8), while No. 3 Yutakayama (8-7) also picked up a vital eighth win against No. 15 Chiyomaru (7-6-2).

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No big surprises today. Hakuho is a beast in all respects to him for his win. At least both yokozuna finished this basho and both on top. I do hope Kakuryu wins a yusho this year.

Not a great basho for Tochiozan, Shohozan, and Hokutofuji.

Since there is only one ozeki, they may promote Asanoyama with 32 wins. It would be a different thing if there were already three or four ozeki.

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With Takakeisho entering May as a kadoban ozeki I assume that improve would Asaoyama's chances.
 

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No big surprises today. Hakuho is a beast in all respects to him for his win. At least both yokozuna finished this basho and both on top. I do hope Kakuryu wins a yusho this year.

Not a great basho for Tochiozan, Shohozan, and Hokutofuji.



With Takakeisho entering May as a kadoban ozeki I assume that improve would Asaoyama's chances.

I'd say Asanoyama's promotion will be confirmed by Wednesday.

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