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Tokushouryuu still tied for the lead, wins after a monoii today: "I thought maybe my foot did go out, but the gunbai was pointing at me, so.. I was lucky. I was telling myself that It will be good if I will calmly do all I am able to do. " He is from Nara Prefecture, called by some "The Place of Sumo Origin."  At present, there are no sumo clubs in any high school there. "When i was in Junior High there was a sumo club. It's really sad. I can only gambarize on the dohyo, so if I can stir even some interest.." said Tokushouryuu. The last yusho by a Nara rikishi was won back in 1922 by Tsurugahama. "I'll take it a day at a time," added Tokushouryuu quietly. "There are kids who join the heya because of Tokushouryuu.  He is our heya's God of fortune!," said Kise Oyakata. Shimanoumi is also from Kise beya and is three years younger than him. "He has helped me a lot and never makes me feel that he is superior, " he said. Yusho? "I'm not taking notice of what's going on around me..." summed Tokushouryuu. As an aside, I remember when he first entered as Aoki (together with Takarafuji) we were speculating that he would get far.

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No sumo clubs in any high school in the whole of Nara prefecture? That’s mad.

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2 hours ago, Morty said:

I also don't think he has a hope in hell of beating both Kagayaki and Yutakayama...

Well, Tokushoryu won his last four encounters with Kagayaki and is 2-3 against Yutakayama (winning the most recent), so go figure...

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6 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

Well, Tokushoryu won his last four encounters with Kagayaki and is 2-3 against Yutakayama (winning the most recent), so go figure...

And of course Kagayaki is 4-1 lifetime against Takakeisho, so go figure, or go go penguin if you prefer... We're heading for a rock, paper, scissors finale.

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8 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

No sumo clubs in any high school in the whole of Nara prefecture? That’s mad.

The training regime was too intense and cruel. They'd send the rikishi out to fend off the tourist-crazed deer of Nara with packs of senbei stuffed into their mawashi. The casualties were absolutely staggering. Eventually the government declared a humanitarian crisis and stepped in to disband the practice, but not before tens of thousands of students had lost their lives. 

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I truly thought "oh no here's Tokushoryu comming up to makuuchi again to get crushed".

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33 minutes ago, Benevolance said:

The training regime was too intense and cruel. They'd send the rikishi out to fend off the tourist-crazed deer of Nara with packs of senbei stuffed into their mawashi. The casualties were absolutely staggering. Eventually the government declared a humanitarian crisis and stepped in to disband the practice, but not before tens of thousands of students had lost their lives. 

" ... or words to that effect."

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At least we have one Ozeki or Ozeki hopeful who is wrestling to that standard this basho... 

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No rishiki seems to take it more seriously than Hokutofuji. I think that his sumo relies mostly in his willpower.

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12 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

Tokushouryuu still tied for the lead, wins after a monoii today...

Thanks a lot for this. Wouldn't it be something if it were to be Tokushoryu's yusho? Ah, what a pain sumo is, where almost everyone seems to be worth rooting for...and everyone I do root for tends to lose (my big man down in juryo...:-() But here's to hoping. 

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Dreadful call by the gyoji to give Hoshoryu the win. Rightly overturned. Kachikoshi denied!

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The gyoji should amend their golden rule: keep your eyes on the feet

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9 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

Dreadful call by the gyoji to give Hoshoryu the win. Rightly overturned. Kachikoshi denied!

KK for Kyokushoho.   Hoshoryu will have to wait for his KK.   I am not sure about Mitoryu's chance at KK.   BTW, this is his 13th straight basho in juryo.  Consistency!   (Sigh...)

 

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Just now, Eikokurai said:

Terunofuji stays perfect.

... with ease, against a tougher juryo opponent.   Zensho so far is impressive but the way he has been winning is unreal.   Can he get to Makuuchi in the next basho?  In what scenario is that possible? 

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10 minutes ago, robnplunder said:

... with ease, against a tougher juryo opponent.   Zensho so far is impressive but the way he has been winning is unreal.   Can he get to Makuuchi in the next basho?  In what scenario is that possible? 

You'd have to think if he completes the zensho that he'd be in serious contention, especially as a former ozeki.

Endo went 14-1 at J13w (same rank) in July '13 and was M13e next tournament. 

I don't know if he had particularly good luck with those on the edges of the divisions back then, but precedent is clearly there. 

Here's hoping! Terunofuji in his current form would be a damn welcome addition to Makuuchi!

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Asakayama oyakata aka ex-ozeki Kaio became the unfortunate ringside victim of makushita rikishi Okinofuji and Amakaze falling on his thigh at the conclusion of their match. "I heard a crunching sound" said the man who at one time owned the most makuuchi and all time wins records. He had to be wheeled away from the dohyo with a painful look on his face and was checked in the back before being transported to a Tokyo hospital.

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202001230000355.html

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What is up with Kotoeko this basho? He’s fought fairly well in some bouts, but can’t buy a win. Today he didn’t even manage a decent effort, losing to the one-legged Tsurugisho of all people.

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Brilliantly patient sumo by Tokushoryu! You could see how he decided not to press his initial attack when Kagayaki resisted, reset and then used the same sort of retreat-turned-defence that won him the bout against Aoiyama. He’s showed a lot more maturity in his sumo this basho.

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7 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

What is up with Kotoeko this basho? He’s fought fairly well in some bouts, but can’t buy a win. Today he didn’t even manage a decent effort, losing to the one-legged Tsurugisho of all people.

It's been reported that he suffered an injury to his ribs prior to the tournament...

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11 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

Brilliantly patient sumo by Tokushoryu! You could see how he decided not to press his initial attack when Kagayaki resisted, reset and then used the same sort of retreat-turned-defence that won him the bout against Aoiyama. He’s showed a lot more maturity in his sumo this basho.

The biggest (literally?) surprise of this tournament, Tokushoryu, has now matched his best Top Division record (i.e., 11 wins), and he still has three days left to improve on that.  Will his new-found maturity/patience help him steal the yusho?!!  That would really throw those who are predicting another first-time Top Division yusho winner for a loop!

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24 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

That would really throw those who are predicting another first-time Top Division yusho winner for a loop!

Which is quite likely anyway with only Takakeisho in contention for a repeat winner.

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20 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

The biggest (literally?) surprise of this tournament, Tokushoryu, has now matched his best Top Division record (i.e., 11 wins), and he still has three days left to improve on that.  Will his new-found maturity/patience help him steal the yusho?!!  That would really throw those who are predicting another first-time Top Division yusho winner for a loop!

I hope it comes down to Shodai vs Tokushoryu.   I will be happy with either one taking the yusho.   Takakeisho may have a different idea though.  

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Takayasu makekoshi and will lose his Sekiwake rank. Enho moves to within one win of his kachikoshi.

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