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  1. 35 points
    Due to circumstances at least partially beyond our control, Sumo Forum experienced an uncharacteristically long outage. The root cause of the issue was a database server update that turned out to be incompatible with the PHP version running our forum software. The issue was discovered by forum administration during the early hours (local time) of Tuesday the 10th. It was diagnosed and reported along with the probable cause and a suggested fix to our ISP by noon. The ISP, however, refused to investigate the issue because it was not reported by "a registered contact person of the customer". It wasn't until late Wednesday that I was able to reach @Kaikitsune Makoto to confirm the service request was indeed coming from a legitimate source. Our diagnosis of the core issue seems to have been correct and the fix has now been implemented, correcting the issue. Our regular service has resumed, the management wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused. TL;DR: Forum was down between Tuesday and Thursday, apologies.
  2. 13 points
    (Let's see if I still know how to do this...) Day 8 (results, text-only results) 8-0 O1e Takakeisho 7-1 Ke Terunofuji, M6e Takarafuji, M17e Shimanoumi 6-2 Se Mitakeumi, M10e Ryuden, M14e Chiyonokuni It's a second consecutive tournament with zero yokozuna in attendance, and the ozeki squad didn't stay intact for long either with both Asanoyama and Shodai succumbing to injury by the middle of week one. Takakeisho has been shouldering the load for the high-rankers, and then some, looking completely in the "my brand of sumo" zone en route to his 8-0 record so far. Former ozeki Terunofuji, freshly returned to sanyaku after three years, follows along at 7-1 but he has arguably had to work harder for his wins and Daieisho outright found the right page in the playbook for how to deal with the big man today. Either one of the two should be genki enough to avoid the spectre of a third maegashira yusho in 2020, not to take away anything from how good Shimanoumi and (especially) Takarafuji have looked. Sekiwake Mitakeumi obviously can't be counted out of the yusho race at 6-2 yet, but his performances continue to be as up-and-down as ever and I suspect more people would be surprised by a 13-2 than an 8-7 from here on out. It's all quiet on the ozeki promotion talk front anyway, of course, after Aki basho's lackluster 8-win record where he didn't even have to fight Takakeisho and Shodai due to late-basho schedule adjustments. With the sanyaku ranks down to just five competing rikishi we're seeing a major dearth of possible high-ranker matchups, and that extends to the typical joi ranks on the maegashira side - M2w Daieisho is 5-3 and has already faced all sanyaku available bar komusubi Takayasu, Okinoumi one rank down with the same record is even done altogether already, and so is Hokutofuji at M4e and 4-4. Of course there's no guarantee that they won't stumble against lower-ranked opposition now, but it does appear quite likely that we're headed for a big banzuke crunch. Given the usual proclivities of the banzuke committee it's hard to say what any of them will have to do to "force" extra lower sanyaku slots to alleviate that crunch. Although perhaps I'm getting ahead of things anyway, given that sanyaku incumbents Takanosho and Takayasu are only 4-4 and do still have some work left against their fellow high-rankers, three matches apiece to be exact (including the one against each other). Takayasu in particular might end up as a major beneficiary of the Asanoyama and Shodai withdrawals as his sumo hasn't exactly looked up to sanyaku standards. (How much longer until the following table starts straight at the ozeki rank...?) kyujo Hakuho Y Kakuryu kyujo 8-0 Takakeisho O1 Asanoyama 1-2-5 3-2-3 Shodai O2 --- 6-2 Mitakeumi S Takanosho 4-4 7-1 Terunofuji K Takayasu 4-4 1-7 Kiribayama M1 Wakatakakage 2-6 2-6 Onosho M2 Daieisho 5-3 3-5 Kagayaki M3 Okinoumi 5-3 4-4 Hokutofuji M4 Tobizaru 2-6 2-6 Myogiryu M5 Kotoshoho 4-4 7-1 Takarafuji M6 Tamawashi 5-3 5-3 Tochinoshin M7 Endo 5-3 3-5 Aoiyama M8 5-3 Tokushoryu M9 Kotoeko 5-3 6-2 Ryuden M10 ... 6-2 Chiyonokuni M14 ... 7-1 Shimanoumi M17 __________________________________________________________________ There's no shortage of underperforming low maegashira who may be accompanying absent Kotoyuki to juryo after the basho. Enho leads the way by the numbers with his winless record, but sluggish Ichinojo isn't far behind. Top division rookie Akua also needs to win more than he loses during the final week, but in his case it already has to count as a success that he's in a position to maybe avoid the immediate return to juryo at all. It'll be quite an uphill battle though, given that he has arguably seen most of the easier opponents already. Sadanoumi is another rikishi who is clearly not in good shape, but one could have said that about him during all of 2020, and so far he has always managed to pull his record back into safe territory by senshuraku; we'll see how it goes this time. Aging Kaisei, enigmatic Yutakayama (how is he only 2-6?!) and makuuchi returnee Chiyoshoma round out the field of major demotion candidates as things stand after Day 8. Of course, given the state of upper juryo we might be seeing a whole bunch of lucky maegashira here in a week. Undersized youngster Midorifuji is the arguable leader of the promotion queue, followed by top-ranked Akiseyama (!) - both require the same 3 more wins by the numbers, but Akiseyama can't get there with less than that. I'm rooting hard for the big lug here, if only because his previous top division appearance was such an ultra-fluke, having come off a J5w 8-7 promotion, and it would be nice to see him do it the "proper" way at least once as well. The best-performing juryo rikishi might well have been Azumaryu to this point, but he's saddled with his relatively low ranking of J7w and he'll need to keep his winning going to have a shot at makuuchi. Good return from his involuntary Covid-19 timeout in September, in any case. Ishiura and Chiyomaru complete the set of semi-reasonable candidates for promotion, though neither has looked all that convincing. M8 Terutsuyoshi 2-6 (2) M9 M10 Meisei 4-4 (1) (3) 2-6 Sadanoumi M11 Enho 0-8 (5) (3) 2-6 Yutakayama M12 Kaisei 3-5 (3) (1) 5-3 Hoshoryu M13 Ichinojo 2-6 (4) M14 Kotonowaka 4-4 (3) (2) 5-3 Chiyotairyu M15 Kotoyuki kyujo (x) (3) 4-4 Chiyoshoma M16 Akua 4-4 (4) (1) 7-1 Shimanoumi M17 --- (3) 5-3 Akiseyama J1 Chiyonoo 2-6 (6) (3) 6-2 Midorifuji J2 Shohozan 1-7 (~) (4) 5-3 Ishiura J3 (5) 5-3 Chiyomaru J4 Nishikigi 4-4 (6) (6) 4-4 Daiamami J5 Hidenoumi 4-4 (6) (7) 4-4 Churanoumi J6 Wakamotoharu 3-5 (~) (7) 4-4 Chiyootori J7 Azumaryu 6-2 (5) (~) 4-4 Kyokutaisei J8 (~) 4-4 Tsurugisho J9 (~) 5-3 Hakuyozan J10 Kyokushuho 5-3 (~) (~) 5-3 Mitoryu J11 J12 Jokoryu 6-2 (~) __________________________________________________________________ The list of candidates for demotion to makushita is simultaneously very extensive and very limited. The table to follow includes no less than 17 names right now, but is really much shorter than that on both ends: 3 of them are already certain to go - former ozeki Kotoshogiku has sadly had to call it quits after his 1-5 start left no doubt that he's not getting back to makuuchi anytime soon or ever, Abi continues to sit out his 3-basho suspension, and poor Fujiazuma hasn't done nearly as well as stablemate Azumaryu and finds himself winless at the bottom rank for a certain demotion. Of the remaining 14 rikishi, 8 are highly unlikely to remain in demotion troubles for much longer as they only require one more win for numerical safety. Another 4 only need two wins, also quite doable with 7 days to go, which leaves us only with Ikioi and Nishikifuji. Ikioi looked good for the first two days but his movements on the dohyo have been rather uncontrolled since then, so his leg problems have likely flared up again, and Nishikifuji is currently riding a 6-day losing streak where he hasn't fought quite that badly, but probably not good enough that he can be expected to turn it around before makushita beckons. So all in all that's 3 definite plus 1 very likely plus 1 possible promotion slots for the makushita-joi to gun for, and first blood was drawn by much-hyped Naya yesterday when he obtained his early 4-0 kachikoshi. He's not quite there yet as he could still drop to as low as 5th in the promotion queue, but it's a near-certainty that he'll finally be reaching the paid ranks. Quite a winding road it's been since he first reached the single-digit ranks in his 10th career basho back in July last year; I don't think many people would have expected him to need another 8 tournaments from there. The competition for the other available spots is wide open as it usually is at this early time in the basho, and there's no shortage of potentially interesting stories here particularly among the would-be sekitori debutants, but let's give them a few more days to develop. Former four-time juryo denizen Chiyoarashi is back in the makushita-joi for the first time since 2015, while Bushozan is making his debut up there; both are 2-2. J2 Shohozan 1-7 (1) J3 Kotoshogiku 1-6i (x) ... J6 Wakamotoharu 3-5 (1) J7 (1) 4-4 Kyokutaisei J8 Ikioi 2-6 (3) (1) 4-4 Tsurugisho J9 Daishomaru 3-5 (2) (1) 5-3 Hakuyozan J10 Kyokushuho 5-3 (1) (1) 5-3 Mitoryu J11 Abi susp. (x) (2) 5-3 Takagenji J12 Jokoryu 6-2 (1) (2) 5-3 Ura J13 Nishikifuji 1-7 (6) (x) 0-8 Fujiazuma J14 Chiyonoumi 6-2 (2) 1-3 Daishoho Ms1 Naya 4-0 3-2 Yago Ms2 Shiraishi 3-1 3-1 Kitaharima Ms3 Kotodaigo 0-2-2 (x) 2-2 Bushozan Ms4 Terasawa 1-3 2-2 Chiyoarashi Ms5 Kotokuzan 2-2 ... Ms12 Roga 4-0 ... Ms15 Ryuko 4-0 Having three 4-0 rikishi in the promotion zone is rather unusual and last happened back in Haru 2016, but of course it ultimately won't matter since it just means we might have to wait for Day 11 to be down to one of them rather than Day 9. One of Daishoho and Terasawa will be departing the race tomorrow as they're meeting head-to-head. __________________________________________________________________ Explanation of symbols used: numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted) o = favourable outcome achieved x = favourable outcome definitely missed ~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck Late edit to include Kotonowaka.
  3. 12 points
    "All he can do is get ready for January , do or die.." said his Oyakata. There's that "do or die" again.." Miyagino has retracted his statement today. "In yesterday's interview i said it was a "'do or die" basho for Hakuhou. It is by no means my intention - it was a rash statement made by myself and I am deeply reflecting upon it. I would like to correct that and cancel it .. I am really very sorry about that.." said Miyagino in a written statement to the Kyokai. I can only imagine the shouting at the heya last night.
  4. 11 points
  5. 11 points
    Well.. I spent a week with him and the other Sadogatake lads- him and Kotomitsuki were really loose and cool.
  6. 10 points
    Rikishi talk day 9: Takarafuji, tied for the lead: "I managed to frantically save my skin. It wasn't sumo that can be praised, but I didn't give up easily.. I got my kachikoshi pretty quickly ( on day nine, his fastest ever). I am astonished myself. " He trained daily with Terunofuji at the heya and the results are obvious. "If I didn't do good sumo he would blast me out of the dohyo.. The keiko was of high quality. " His wife of four years is helping him out with setting a balanced diet. "I can feel the love, and that is what is really important. " Enhou, finally gets his first win of the basho: " All i could think of was to win. I thought to grab his mawashi and I don't remember the rest. Truth be told, it was very difficult for me to mount the dohyo each day. I lost my confidence. I didn't know what I should be doing to get it right. I was doing sumo while being scared.. But amidst this situation, the fans never stopped cheering me on every day and the people around me continued to support me and that is what has brought me to this point. I would like to dedicate this win to them. It was an extremely important win!" Kotoshouhou beat a sanyaku opponent the first time he faced one, beating Sekiwake Takanoshou : "I just wanted to do a good tachiai and hoped the rest will follow. I was totally absorbed in the bout. " Takanoshou was his elder in a Chiba sumo club. "The minute I got on the dohyo, it was irrelevant. I went with all my might as usual.." Takakeishou, first loss of the basho: "A lot happened, but I lost so I have nothing to say. I lost so I must have done something wrong. I'll review this seriously and will gambarize anew from tomorrow." Takayasu, showing excellent sumo and beating Terunofuji: " I was able to do sumo at my own pace. I was able to hit hard and get in a good position so that was good. My sumo sense is getting better." Tobizaru, handing Takakeishou his first loss of the basho: "I managed to attack well without running away and that was good. It feels like a dream! I was sure I would be blown away with one push- after all, he was an unbeaten Ozeki.. I'd like to turn things around and do better sumo now." Ura, three straight wins : "I'm glad I won. I really don't know how well my body is moving. I'm just giving it my all. Winning streak or losing streak, without thinking of the win/loss thing, I will not let up. I just want to go about it without thinking about that." Makushita 12 Russian Rouga won his fifth straight, beating Taihou's grandson Naya: "I was able to grab his mawashi after the initial hit." If he wins all seven bouts, he will be promoted to Juryo. "I'm trying not to think about that too much. Bout by bout , I want to be able to do my own sumo till the end." Shimanoumi wins today, now tied for the lead: "I can't remember a thing. My body was moving well. I don't want to get carried away and hopefully will keep my presence of mind.. All I can do now is gambarize for the last part of the basho." Kotonowaka, facing Houshouryuu in a battle between two great hopes, and winning: "I just wanted to go about it calmly. I was patient and was able to cope well." Hokutofuji, winning his first four bouts and then losing his next four - wins today: "I faced today's bout as if it was day one. I want to continue with that feeling tomorrow, while going about it calmly."
  7. 10 points
    Thanks for the detailed notes - I've dug up the bouts in case anyone else is interested. Takayasu - Shohozan: this was a real barn burner; I can see what Kintamayama was talking about. Tokitenku - Hakuho: Bit more sedate.
  8. 10 points
    Am I the only one who's just not bothered one bit by a yokozuna taking multiple basho off? Let them do it. I wish there was a better solution for wrestlers without the privilege of doing so since a lot are being forced into destroying their bodies and shortening their careers. The last three basho Kakuryu fought to a finish, he came in second twice and won once. He's still a true yokozuna if his body is in decent shape. If we can get some more good tournaments from him in exchange for him taking some time off, I say that's fine!
  9. 9 points
    Hey everyone, I'm making lower division highlight videos this basho (maybe Juryo videos too...) just wanted to drop my list of lower division rikishi I'm following. Let me know if you want me to follow someone in particular! Ms1 Daishoho Ms1 Naya Ms2 Yago Ms2 Shiraishi Ms3 Kitaharima Ms4 Terasawa Ms8 Ichiyamamoto Ms9 Kitanowaka Ms10 Tochiseiryu Ms11 Wakayama Ms11 Suzuki Ms12 Murata Ms12 Roga Ms15 Hokutenkai Ms16 Oshoryu Ms19 Tsurubayashi Ms20 Amakaze Ms21 Toyohibiki Ms23 Tokisakae Ms24 Shohoryu Ms25 Fukai Ms32 Mudoho Ms33 Tochikamiyama Ms33 Yoshii Ms48 Otsuji Sd5 Masutoo Sd10 Dewanoryu Sd13 Nihonyanagi Sd21 Hokuseiho Sd44 Nabatame Sd61 Shinohara Sd81 Shishi Sd84 Hozan Jd6 Ofukasawa Jd8 Hagiwara Jd9 Kirameki Jd10 Hisanotora Jd55 Osuzuki Jk15 Takasu Jk30 Hattorizakura
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  12. 9 points
    Day 11 (results, text-only results) 10-1 O1e Takakeisho, M17e Shimanoumi 9-2 Ke Terunofuji, M10e Ryuden 8-3 M2w Daieisho, M6e Takarafuji Patient and ultimately successful sumo by Shimanoumi against youngster Hoshoryu means that we continue to have the lowest-ranked man in makuuchi atop the field after 11 days. Not to be outdone, our sole Y/O standard bearer Takakeisho also demonstrated clear control of his match with Kotoshoho, both trying to push their way to victory but only the ozeki keeping his footwork sufficiently in order. Terunofuji unpacked another trademark technique of his that takes advantage of his superior size and reach, and defeated now-makekoshi Myogiryu via kimedashi to stay close in the yusho race. For their part, the two maegashira on 8-2 were paired up in today's torikumi. Takarafuji picked up a second straight hard-luck loss after a lengthy and exhausting battle, while Ryuden prevailed to reach the 9-win mark. Quite a turnaround already from his recent string of three consecutive makekoshi, and he has now firmly worked his way into the yusho battle. Takarafuji dropped to two wins behind the lead, where he is joined by newly KK Daieisho who pushed through Tamawashi with ease. Day 6 co-leader Chiyonokuni has fallen out of the race for good with his fourth loss in five days, today against henka'ing Meisei. The day's sanyaku pairing consisted of sekiwake Mitakeumi and komusubi Takayasu, won by the lower-ranked former ozeki in decisive fashion; both are 6-5 now. Takayasu is done facing sanyaku and finds himself in good position to go for kachikoshi, his most difficult opponent remaining perhaps tomorrow's aite Daieisho. Mitakeumi, on the other hand, will still have to meet all of Takakeisho, Takanosho and Terunofuji, unless his mediocrity again results in him getting shunted out of one or two of those matches in favour of high-performing maegashira in need of a sanyaku obstacle. It won't be Terunofuji he gets to avoid, in any case, as that matchup will happen tomorrow. Good opportunity to redeem himself for the last few days, if nothing else... Sekiwake Takanosho's road to KK got a little harder again as well with a loss to Tobizaru, who didn't need to dig out anything unusual to succeed today. We're probably down to three reasonable maegashira candidates for a promotion to sanyaku, should a spot open up and/or their final records be sufficiently impressive to force an extra slot. Daieisho continues to lead the way, but Hokutofuji is also back in a promising position after three straight wins (coming off four losses right before, no less). Takarafuji may get to play a role if he, too, can get back on track after his recent pair of unrewarded efforts. Of course, his remaining schedule is likely the toughest, with ozeki Takakeisho up tomorrow and potentially more sanyaku opponents to come. kyujo Hakuho Y Kakuryu kyujo 10-1 Takakeisho O1 Asanoyama 1-2-8 3-2-6 Shodai O2 --- 6-5 Mitakeumi S Takanosho 5-6 9-2 Terunofuji K Takayasu 6-5 M1 5-6 Onosho M2 Daieisho 8-3 4-7 Kagayaki M3 Okinoumi 5-6 7-4 Hokutofuji M4 M5 Kotoshoho 6-5 8-3 Takarafuji M6 Tamawashi 6-5 6-5 Tochinoshin M7 Endo 6-5 M8 M9 Kotoeko 6-5 (x) 9-2 Ryuden M10 ... (x) 7-4 Chiyonokuni M14 ... 10-1 Shimanoumi M17 No easy matches for any of the six yusho contenders: Takakeisho and Takarafuji face off, and Shimanoumi and Ryuden have been paired up as well. Terunofuji will go against Mitakeumi, while Daieisho meets komusubi Takayasu. ________________________________________________________________________ A decent day for the quartet of most troubled low maegashira who entered Day 11 in need of 3 more shiroboshi: Sadanoumi and Enho met head-to-head, with the Sakaigawa veteran making quick work of his opponent, arguably the best way to do it right now given his iffy legs and resulting unstable footwork. Ichinojo looked decent for the second day running, this time against Yutakayama who got sent to makekoshi in the process, and debutant Akua continued his unlikely quest towards kachikoshi with strong sumo against Kaisei. With that we're down to just Enho as a rikishi who needs to go better than 2-2 across the last four days, so we just might end up with a fairly short list of names to send down to juryo alongside absent Kotoyuki. Chiyotairyu won't be on it for sure after he clinched win #7 against juryo guest Ishiura; he was the only one to achieve complete safety on Day 11. Midorifuji secured his kachikoshi today with a defeat of Daiamami, but while he continues to be the promotion race frontrunner he still ought to grab that 9th win to make a convincing case, given the probable shortage of open slots. Akiseyama and Chiyomaru joined Ishiura in losing, Chiyonoo and Hidenoumi won to keep themselves ever so barely on the list of credible candidates. M8 Terutsuyoshi 3-8 (1) M9 M10 (2) 3-8 Sadanoumi M11 Enho 2-9 (3) (2) 3-8 Yutakayama M12 Kaisei 5-6 (1) M13 Ichinojo 4-7 (2) M14 Kotonowaka 6-5 (1) (o) 7-4 Chiyotairyu M15 Kotoyuki kyujo (x) (1) 6-5 Chiyoshoma M16 Akua 6-5 (2) M17 --- (2) 6-5 Akiseyama J1 Chiyonoo 4-7 (4) (1) 8-3 Midorifuji J2 (3) 6-5 Ishiura J3 (3) 7-4 Chiyomaru J4 Nishikigi 5-6 (~) (~) 5-6 Daiamami J5 Hidenoumi 6-5 (4) (x) 5-6 Churanoumi J6 (~) 6-5 Chiyootori J7 Azumaryu 6-5 (~) (~) 7-4 Kyokutaisei J8 J9 J10 Kyokushuho 8-3 (~) Chiyonoo is up against Kotonowaka in makuuchi tomorrow, the result either locking both to their respective current division for January, or keeping both on the bubble. ________________________________________________________________________ Poor demotion-bound Nishikifuji found himself the victim of a henka for the second time in three days, today perpetrated by Tsurugisho who secured his juryo spot with that. Wakamotoharu is also safe after victory in the day's final juryo bout against top-ranked Akiseyama. Struggling veteran pair Ikioi and Shohozan were matched up, with the better end of it for Ikioi who is now just one win away himself. He joins Chiyonoumi and Takagenji who were unable to come through against Nishikigi and makushitan Naya, respectively. All in all it's now already fairly certain that we'll have exactly four slots to parcel out, the possibility of further retirements notwithstanding. The aforementioned Naya victory made sure that he will be taking up one of them to make his long-awaited sekitori debut next year. Joining him is Yago who clinched kachikoshi against fellow top 5'er Kotokuzan today, and can no longer drop lower than 4th in the promotion queue no matter what happens now. That development was helped along by the rest of today's makushita results, which saw both Shiraishi and Bushozan defeated by opponents from outside the top 5 ranks, dropping them to 3-3 each. That same record is also held by Terasawa now, who sent Chiyoarashi to MK. The 5-0 matchup with both yusho and promotion implications was won by former one-time juryo Ryuko, who made impressively short work of opponent Roga. He should be getting the other 6-0 rikishi in the division for his final match on Day 13, presenting Ryuko with a golden opportunity to go back up to the paid ranks directly rather than having to battle through what would likely be at least two more makushita tournaments. J3 Kotoshogiku 1-6i (x) ... J6 Wakamotoharu 4-7 (o) J7 J8 Ikioi 4-7 (1) (o) 5-6 Tsurugisho J9 J10 J11 Abi susp. (x) (1) 6-5 Takagenji J12 J13 Nishikifuji 1-10 (x) (x) 0-11 Fujiazuma J14 Chiyonoumi 7-4 (1) Ms1 Naya 5-1 (o) (o) 4-2 Yago Ms2 Shiraishi 3-3 4-2 Kitaharima Ms3 3-3 Bushozan Ms4 Terasawa 3-3 (x) 2-4 Chiyoarashi Ms5 Kotokuzan 3-3 ... Ms12 Roga 5-1 (x) ... Ms15 Ryuko 6-0 The only high makushita in action tomorrow will be Yago, who gets to complete his November campaign early against Chiyonoumi. It's an exchange bout only in the loosest sense of the word, given that Yago is already assured of his promotion and Chiyonoumi will be very likely to secure his own juryo spot later on anyway even if he loses this match. Without further sekitori withdrawals we'll need at least one makushita fill-in for each of Days 13 to 15 as well, so either 3 or 5 upper makushita would have to be held back for that. 3-3's Shirashi, Bushozan and Terasawa have already met in all three possible combinations, so they would make natural candidates for that. Any one of them could also be played off against Kotokuzan directly, with Kitaharima joining the other two on juryo duty instead, or perhaps all five of them will be sent up altogether. Either way, it's a wide open race for the last two juryo slots, where some of the losers might even fall out of the top 5 zone and not get another opportunity in January.
  13. 9 points
    A visual scan of the rikishi pages on the database results in very tired eyes, and the following list of rikishi with the most absent honbasho days, as of today. It's possible I missed someone from Sandanme or lower, but I was really starting to struggle by then. Takanohana 201 Kakuryu 201* Hakuho 191* Akebono 181 Chiyonofuji 170 Tochiazuma 169 Mitoizumi 162 Kaio 158 Hisanotora 152* Gojoro 146 Kuniazuma 146
  14. 9 points
    Day 10 rikishi talk: Ura, four straight wins beating 190 kilos Tsurugishou today: "I think I was able to truly do my own sumo today. I was stopped in my tracks for a while there, but I knew I couldn't keep that up for long so I made my move. I still have no confidence whatsoever. I'm totally anxious..There is a plus side - it makes me more focused. I want to continue gambarizing day by day. I'm close to a kachikoshi (needs another win) that will assure me a stay in Juryo, but I'm trying not to think of that. I do, however, want that kachikoshi.. I will gambarize to maintain my stamina ." It's been a while since he's gone for 15 days. Takakeishou, 9th win and remaining tied for the lead: " I did rebound from the loss, but yesterday was yesterday. All my troubles seemed so far away. Today is today. Day nine will not happen again, so I decided to concentrate and just do it. It's a world where winning is essential. I have to concentrate to keep them white stars (wins) coming!" Terunofuji, craning Tobizaru and carrying him out today after two consecutive losses: "I was thinking of 強引 all out (pun). When facing a small opponent, you have to go all out against him from the start, otherwise you may find yourself running after him and losing.. I want to return to my previous position (Ozeki). I want to get ten wins and upwards this basho." Ryuuden, kachikoshi on day 10, first one since January. "I'm in attacking mode and also persistent. It's good that my body is moving. And how about the twerking, huh? Shaking that ass.." Asked about the new-fangled tachiai: "I am thinking and doing it.." Kotoshouhou, beating two Sekiwake the last two days and will face Takakeishou in the final bout of the day tomorrow: "I think my body moved well. The important thing was that I was patient. I'm able to experience Makuuchi well. Tomorrow, I will be going about it while concentrating, on my tachiai, as usual." Daieishou, 7th win, beating Okinoumi and aiming to return to Sanyaku: "I want to be back there as soon as possible. I have to get those results.."
  15. 9 points
    I’ve been waiting days to pat myself on the back for noticing this. Thanks to whoever got the forum back up and gave me the chance to quote myself for attention!
  16. 8 points
    Hokutofuji, Day 9-12. Some interesting facts: "If you don't feel tired, you'll be lying." (Source: Nikkansports) Hokutofuji after yesterday's marathon match. Today he had another. In fact, from Day 9-12, he has fought FIVE matches (one was a replay of a judgement too close to call). In those 4 days, he has fought the equivalent more than an entire Basho. Day 9: 26.8 seconds for an Oshidashi (Frontal Push Out) win over Kagayaki Day 10: 90 seconds in a battle with Takarafuji. Then Hokutofuji won the replay via Oshidashi in 16.1 seconds Day 11: 93.4 seconds to outlast Endo by Tsukiotoshi (Frontal Thrust Down) Day 12: 35.3 seconds to beat Tochinosin by Yorikiri (Frontal Force Out). 4 wins, 0 losses, 261.6 seconds (6 minutes, 21 seconds). That is an average of 52.3 seconds a match, calculating for 5 matches instead of 4. To give a bit of context to that, the average of the 272 matches in the September 2020 Basho was 8.5 seconds. Shodai, the winner of the Basho, was a little more economical. His average per match time was 5.4 seconds. The fact that Hokutofuji has survived is amazing enough. The fact that he has won all of those matches is astonishing.
  17. 8 points
    Quick rikishi talk day 11: Kotoshouhou, first Ozeki opponent and getting clobbered: "I exerted too much power.. He was strong.. My ability is limited at the moment. I have to make good use of this experience." Takakeishou the clobberer, beating Kotoshouhou: "I managed to concentrate and maintain my fighting spirit. That's all that's on my mind on the dohyo. I've been mostly facing older opponents. Today was the first time I met my junior from Saitama Sakae high school. For what it's worth, I'm really glad Saitama Sakae is continuing to churn out quality rikishi. " He has faced his elders from that school since day four. "Kotoshouhou has good stuff. Watching him at the rengo-keiko, you could see he is strong. I think he will become stronger, if he keeps giving it his all. Every day is important-that's the way I've been doing it since I entered sumo. I've never felt that a single day was different.." Daieishou winning his eighth: "Today I was able to move forward properly again. The first step is important, but the second and third steps are equally important. I am conscious that I'm attacking with my legs. I want to return to Sanyaku as quickly as possible. Last basho I faced the joi towards the end of the basho and that felt weird. That was wrong. I have to face each bout with the same feeling. " Tobizaru, beating a Sanyaku rikishi (Takanoshou): "I'm thrilled. It is a confidence booster. The fatigue is serious, but I'm not nervous. I can't fall asleep. I have difficulties sleeping.." Shimanoumi, still tied for the lead: "I think I'm able to my own sumo all the way. I can only do what I can, is what I'm telling myself during my bouts. I'm not thinking about anything (yusho race). The results will follow. I can only do my own sumo all the way!" Terunofuji, getting close to his target of double-digit wins: "I was able to go about it calmly. The target is double digits and more. If I could achieve that.."
  18. 8 points
    Rikishi talk day 10- part 2: Shimanoumi is ranked at the very bottom of Makuuchi and tied for the lead. He has suffered a devastating injury in his past, just as he was ranked Makushita 4 and poised to become a sekitori, back in 2013, to return in 2014 ranked at Jonokuchi 18. He then slowly made his way back to the top. "Yesterday, my Oyakata (Kise) told me that my opponent (Chiyonokuni) will be coming at me with slaps so I should keep my head low. That's all I had in mind today. " That is exactly what happened. People are comparing his run so far to Tokushouryuu's run when he got the yusho in January of this year from the very bottom of the banzuke as well. "I'm not thinking of anything. If I do it will be bad. My Oyakata has told me not to think obstructive thoughts.. In any case, I will be giving it my all. I don't want to do sumo I may regret. " His heyamate Gagamaru announced his retirement today. "When I joined sumo he was ranked at Komusubi. I was blessed to be able to train with someone ranked high above me. I feel very thankful, yet I feel very sad. He has taught me so much, so I would like to get a good result." Hokutofuji' doing two bouts today, beating Takarafuji in the second bout after an extreme effort and a redo: "My lungs are shot.. My opponent is in good shape, so the sumo turned out the way it did. I'm happy I was able to continue yesterday's good sumo.."
  19. 8 points
    Rikishi talk Knock a Bee: Ura got his fifth win today, beating Chiyoootori and doing "regular" sumo by moving forward, no tricks. "I'm glad I was able to push today. I managed to get into that pretty well and unintentionally.. I guess i saw my chance and went for it. I'm glad I did not lose to a big opponent. I think the fact that by day 8 I have more wins than losses means that I have been gambarizing well. I'm worried if my body can last the 15 days but to this point I have been able to move well. The level in Juryo is high. I want to give it my all, no regrets!" Daieishou, handing Terunofuji his first loss: "I knew I had no chance to win if he got my mawashi or got a good grip. I'm glad I managed to keep him at bay. If I can keep doing this kind of sumo I will be in a better place. It gave me a boost of confidence. I'd like to be able to attack by relentlessly moving forward!" Mitakeumi, beating Tobizaru and showing total dominance with excellent sumo : "I think the last time we faced each other was in high school. This was the bout I was looking forward to the most this basho I really enjoyed it. He is my classmate and we also started sumo together. Other than Hokutofuji, I don't face many of these.. I wasn't expecting him to come out slapping, but I was able to calmly handle it. The way he performed last basho was a great stimulus for me, being my classmate and all.. I'm still full of stamina. If I do sumo without pulling, I believe the wins will continue. I want to go about it with a good feeling!" Takarafuji, one win behind the leaders halfway through the basho: "I managed to do my own sumo. My opponent (Kotoekou) likes the right hand grip as opposed to my favorite left hand grip so I wanted to get mine first. I hit hard and did the sumo I had imagined. It seems maybe I'm doing too well.." His two year old son has been an inspiration to him. "He watches my bouts on TV every day with my wife and when I win, he cheerfully shouts 'HE DID IT!!" He recognizes me. I feel he is growing up..So my goal is 8 'HE DID ITs' and then 10 'HE DID ITs'.." summed Takarafuji. Retiring Takasago Oyakata was on TV today as the commentator. when ex-Asahouryuu's picture came on, he let loose. "This Yokozuna caused me a lot of problems.. He had no idea what it feels to be a Yokozuna. At times he listened, other times he taught. More than me bringing him up, he became a Yokozuna on his own, because he was simply very strong. He trained very well!" Chiyonokuni, second straight loss, this time to Endou: "I wanted to get that left hand grip but I couldn't from the start. My opponent was stronger.." Wakatakakage, beating Kiribayama, his first "real" win of the basho: "I want this to be a new start. I will be concentrating tomorrow as well.." Shimanoumi, still with only 1 loss: "I'm not thinking about anything. I can only face each bout at a time.'
  20. 8 points
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  22. 8 points
    Day 3 rikishi talk: Terunofuji 3-0: "I was able to go about it calmly. I'm not thinking of the yusho." Takakeishou, also 3-0, the first time he had a perfect three win start since he became Ozeki: "Whatever position I find myself in, I have to believe in what I'm doing.. It's not good that I found myself in a belt situation.. You can't always do the sumo you plan. It's not that easy. Still, i was able to use all my power. Asanoyama has gone kyujo, but all I can do is give it my all. It has nothing to do with me. Yusho? I have to do what I plan, and if I don't, it means I am weak. I want to do sumo I won't regret!" Shoudai winning again, but again not convincingly, and seems to have injured his ankle: "That was close.. I really do want to win by attacking, but..I pushed him to the edge but needed that extra step or two that I wasn't able to take and I just stopped. I want to be able to attack all the way. I did fall awkwardly at the end. for now, I can walk as usual so I'm OK. I feel I will need to check out my condition tomorrow." Ura, second loss in Juryo: "I couldn't do any sumo at all. I was totally overmatched. All i can do is give it my all. I'd like to gambarize, hoping that the results will follow.."
  23. 8 points
    Knock knock. Who's there? Snot. Snot who? 'Snot a yokozuna
  24. 7 points
    Let's go back almost exactly three years to Wednesday 22 November 2017 (that's Saint Cecilia's day for Catholics and Foo Fighters fans). Hakuho looks to be cruising to zensho yusho when he is pitted against sekiwake Yoshikaze on day 11. The match starts but Hakuho stops wrestling and Yoshi bulls him out and off the dohyo in about 2 seconds. Surely that should have been a matta? Hak glares at the gyoji, then raises his hand as if to signal mono-ii. He stands there for an ice age, switching his glare back and forth between the gyoji and the shimpan. He raises his hand again. The crowd are lapping it up. The officials are having none of it. Eventually he climbs back onto the dohyo, but gives one last mono-ii signal, before inclining his head a millimeter to the side, which is taken for a bow. It was the most graceless exhibition I've ever seen in sumo.
  25. 7 points
    Agreed. It's about time for Akiseyama to shine!