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Hayateumi!

or Hayatehenka as some fans shout at the Kokugikan - OK, so that's me that shouts that - but he deserves it!

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Yes! I was the first to vote for him! Didn't know I was such a trend setter...

What comes to mind: former amateur champion, quite light, very skillful, he got to Sekiwake very young and was presented as the new... well, maybe the new Tochiazuma, at the time (i.e. a very talented Rikishi but lacking weight and therefore bound to be stuck in the Sekiwake trap for a while) and then... he got very seriously injured to a knee, went down quite a bit (maybe even to makushita?), got injured again a couple of times I guess, sort of settled in Juryo, and now, he has managed to be back in Makuuchi for a couple of Basho in a row, hasn't quite recovered all of his sumo (sadly, he probably will not ever :-( ) but looks like he could still (re)climb up a little bit... a final thing that comes to mind is that recently, he has been resorting quite a lot to a huge jump (it has a name, but I've forgotten what it is) at the tachi-ai; he certainly seems to be able to jump higher than the other Sekitori :-P

That's it for now, sorry for how messy my little text has been, but I sort of felt obliged to write something since I asked for him to be the featured Rikishi, and I don't have enough time right now to check some details or put the thing more in order... (Sigh...)

Edited by Azumaryu

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a final thing that comes to mind is that recently, he has been resorting quite a lot to a huge jump (it has a name, but I've forgotten what it is) at the tachi-ai; he certainly seems to be able to jump higher than the other Sekitori  :-P

Air Hayate is the name, ultra-sophisticated henka is the game. I like him. I like henka. He can fight for real as well. I hope he somehow gets back in the groove and reaches Sanyaku. I just like the guy. he seems so, well, composed may be the word.

Nike is now working on a new "geta" called "Air Hayate", with special springs on the bottom, I hear.

Edited by Kintamayama

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a final thing that comes to mind is that recently, he has been resorting quite a lot to a huge jump (it has a name, but I've forgotten what it is) at the tachi-ai;

Air-Hayateumi?

While entertaining, it's a shame to see him like this. He once showed such promise and injuries have robbed him of that. He now appears to be doomed to a stay in lower Makuuchi upper Juryo for the duration of his career.

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Hayateumi is a poster boy for what injuries can do to a career. He was

encouraged not to join ozumo due to somewhat worrysome neck problem (don't

know more details, maybe he just has a weak neck structure, the

well-developed trapizeus could definitely indicate that as then he would

have strengthened is neck as much as possible). He developed a bad gout

and drinking didn't help it (gout is purine metabolism problem and beer,

red wine contain a lot of purines). But most devastating injuries he

suffered to his knees. BOTH knees have ACL tears and neither has been

operated. Combining the perennial knee problem and gouty attacks and loss

of weight, it is no wonder he went from being a really strong yorikiri man

in makuuchi to a weak juryo rikishi. Lately he has regained makuuchi level

sumo but will never get back to his former glory.

Hayateumi arrived in juryo in Hatsu 1999 and finished the basho after day

7 with 6-1 record due evidently a bad right knee injury which he suffered

against big Toyonoumi. He rested Haru, came back in Natsu and got

repromoted to juryo. He was too good for juryo and got into makuuchi after

4 strong basho in juryo including two 12-3 records (yusho in Aki 1999 and

he was so overwhelming on week 1 that some people started to speculate

that he will demolish all and get 15-0 yusho. He lost to Akinoshu with

tsukidashi on day 9 though and on the following day to Oikari with

tsukiotoshi. He came back strongly though and took yusho).

His debut in makuuchi debut in Haru 2000 and suffered his first make-koshi

in a honbasho where he had finished the basho without kyujo. 7-8 though

and it was the last make-koshi before doom's day. He continued with 9-6,

8-7 and then 9-6 at M2 in Aki 2000 earning gino-sho in the process and two

ginboshi over Miyabiyama and Dejima. On Kyushu 2000 his career took a turn

to dark woods and cold caves. As a new sekiwake he held his ground well

with 4-4 after 8 days but on day 8 he injured his right knee again. This

time diagnosis was revealed as meniscus tear and ACL rupture. He returned

in Haru and managed a respectable 6-9. Then in Natsu he did very well with

9-6 at M4. In Nagoya basho he notched his mandatory ginboshi against

Miyabiyama but lost the next 10 bouts ending up with 4-11. Aki 2001 he

struggled outside joijin with 6-9 at M7.

Another wave of Hayateumi magic started in Kyushu 2001 when he went 8-0

although against quite modest opposition. On day 9 he locked up in

morozashi-kime with Nami and injured his knee badly when Nami deployed a

massive sotogake and Haya resisted too much. Left knee was annihilated.

ACL, meniscus and avulsion fracture the verdict. He also broke his collar

bone. This injury pretty much finished Haya. Sure has done some good sumo

since too but never the same kind of dohyo presence like he had. He tried

to come back in Haru but withdrew after day 1 and was demoted to juryo. He

came back with 9-6 at J2 in Natsu but couldn't last in makuuchi. Knee gave

away again in Aki 2002 (3-11-1 at J1). Since Hatsu 2003 he was light and

developed his jumping tachi-ai. Power level had decreased and he was a

juryo level rikishi. In Aki 2003 he got a strong basho with 10-5 at lower

juryo. Then 9-6 in Kyushu was enough to bring him back to makuuchi but 7-8

at M17 wasn't enough so in Haru 2004 he was in juryo again. He fought well

and lost juryo yusho in play-off against Hakuho but makuuchi spot was

secured. He has now had 8-7 and 7-8 in makuuchi and gets his 3rd makuuchi

basho in a row in Aki basho.

he has been resorting quite a lot to a huge jump (it has a name, but I've forgotten what it is) at the tachi-ai

Yasso-tobi.

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Hayateumi's Basho History (courtesy of Nekonishiki)

1998 Kyushu  Ms5W, 6-1 

1999 Hatsu   J13E, 6-2-7 
1999 Haru    (absent)
1999 Natsu   Ms2E, 5-2 
1999 Nagoya  J13E,10-5 
1999 Aki     J8W, 12-3, Juryo Yusho (1) 
1999 Kyushu  J1W,  8-7 

2000 Hatsu   J1E, 12-3 
2000 Haru    M10W, 7-8 
2000 Natsu   M11E, 9-6 
2000 Nagoya  M5E,  8-7 
2000 Aki     M2W,  9-6, Gino-sho (1) 
2000 Kyushu  SW,   4-5-6 

2001 Hatsu   (absent)
2001 Haru    M2W,  6-9 
2001 Natsu   M4W,  9-6 
2001 Nagoya  M1e,  4-11 
2001 Aki     M7e,  6-9 
2001 Kyushu  M10W, 8-2-5 

2002 Hatsu   (absent)
2002 Haru    M6W,  0-2-13 
2002 Natsu   J2E,  9-6 
2002 Nagoya  M13E, 6-9 
2002 Aki     J1w,  3-11-1 
2002 Kyushu  (absent)

2003 Hatsu   J9w,  8-7 
2003 Haru    J6w,  8-7 
2003 Natsu   J5e,  9-6 
2003 Nagoya  J3w,  4-11 
2003 Aki     J9e, 10-5 
2003 Kyushu  J4w,  9-6 

2004 Hatsu   M17e, 7-8 
2004 Haru    J2w, 12-3 
2004 Natsu   M11w, 8-7 
2004 Nagoya  M10e, 7-8

I remember being thrilled with the Hayateumi of September 2000 - he was a young rikishi with a great performance among the joi-jin, looking like a potential successor for Kotonishiki.

Then came the unfortunate succession of injuries until he has finally been able to compete all six bashos 2003 in Juryo again.

I don't know yet what to expect from the contemporary Hayateumi. I tend to see him in the same league as Aminishiki or Kaiho these days. Solid lightweight mid-Maegashira, but without any apparent Sanyaku potential anymore/yet.

What puzzles me most about Hayateumi is the tendency to drag his bouts to almost Kotonowaka length - where does this small rikishi get the stamina from?!

But looking at his current record - which reflects early 2000 - we might see him at Sekiwake again next January...

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While entertaining, it's a shame to see him like this.

Hey, the man has to survive. Even before his injury, he was quite a trickster. I don't see any shame. It's art.

Edited by Kintamayama

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What puzzles me most about Hayateumi is the tendency to drag his bouts to almost Kotonowaka length - where does this small rikishi get the stamina from?!

Maybe it is his yotsu-magic. Haya can win in 1 second with yorikiri which is quite peculiar but he can also hang in yotsu for ages if he has a good grip. He may have some magic invisible skill in that defense too as he definitely has that in offense.

Even before his injury, he was quite a trickster

When he was at his peak, he was everything but a trickster sir...injuries brought trickery. Before those he was a classic yorikiri man without gimmicks to speak of.

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Even before his injury, he was quite a trickster

When he was at his peak, he was everything but a trickster sir...injuries brought trickery. Before those he was a classic yorikiri man without gimmicks to speak of.

Please don't bother me with facts.

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While entertaining, it's a shame to see him like this.

Hey, the man has to survive. Even before his injury, he was quite a trickster. I don't see any shame. It's art.

I didn't mean he was shaming himself. I simply meant that I felt bad that we may never again get to see the Hayateumi who used to show such dominating yotsu sumo.

I'm not judging the current content of his sumo, just feeling sorry for what he has lost, and may never regain, because of injuries.

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I didn't mean he was shaming himself. I simply meant that I felt bad that we may never again get to see the Hayateumi who used to show such dominating yotsu sumo.

I'm not judging the current content of his sumo, just feeling sorry for what he has lost, and may never regain, because of injuries.

I totally agree with that.

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I just like the guy. he seems so, well, composed may be the word.

I think the guy has class, a lot of it.

In that Basho when he was Shin-sekiwake that's what struck me, how, despite his youth and light weight, he was remaining composed (that is indeed the word :-P ) and dignified while facing the toughest opponents: so self-confident - and pretty successful, with a positive score in the first week at that rank - that I was amazed. I started thinking this guy was really going to be extremely good, and then... the injury. In my recollection, that injury kept him away for several Basho (not the case, apparently, but I suppose his sumo just was never the same anymore after THAT injury, a shame, really... and apparently, a traumatic experience for me, since I can't remember what happened immediately afterwards... (Sigh...)).

However, what he has kept for sure is class, no matter how many henka and yasso-tobi he does, he'll remain his charismatic self.

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Despite him not being that old, I consider Hayateumi a real survivor. After a while with his various injuries, gout (is that the word?) etc. I didn

Edited by Yubiquitoyama

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One question: Last year I recall Hayateumi was connected with (engaged to?) the woman who (indirectly) caused Mitoizumi to lose Takasago-beya and her four children from earlier. In the latest Ozumo he is just said to have one child (a boy?). Is this with the same woman, with another woman, or the child of another woman from a previous relationship? Anyone have some new info on this? :-P

I didn't know you were such a tabloids man. (Sigh...)

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I didn't know you were such a tabloids man. :-(

I did say I wanted info, not unsubstantiated rumours (Sigh...)

Anyway, I did and still do wonder why Hayateumi

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It's art.

Right.

Hayateumi reminds me of Wajima. Smaller version of him. Perhaps he has an ample Jiriki, likely to come back and stay in mid-upper maegashira, or hope so.

Edited by hoshidango

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Couple of action pictures:

First from Aki 2000 when he was still a real candidate for new lower sanyaku regular

Hayateumi grapples with KaioU:

KaioHayatottari.jpg

Almost 4 years later In Nagoya 2004 Haya exerts pressure against Miyabiyama:

MiyaHaya.jpg

OItekaze-beya's website:

http://www.h5.dion.ne.jp/~oitekaze/

Some good keiko pics at least.

Edited by Kaikitsune Makoto

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Update 25.3.2006

Hayateumi retired from active sumo and left Kyokai in January this year. His injury burden was massive. Here are some threads of Hayateumi.

Intai thread:

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=8052

KNEE:

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6473

KNEE again and knee pain pics of Haya:

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6102

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