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7 hours ago, Asapedroryu said:

What was wrong with Kotoshogiku today? Was he injured and cannot squat properly?

He looks suspiciously like a rikishi with a back problem.

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Some day 6 talk:

Ura, 18 straight wins: "I knew my opponent was wily so I watched him closely. I did well. 18 straight wins? I have nothing to say about that. I know I have more power in me. I'm still rehabilitating and getting better. It's still not over yet. I have to gambarize  and not  get injured!"

Terunofuji, doing well in his return to Makuuchi: "It's only the beginning. I can still do better. It's going to be important from here on. If I let every loss bring me down I won't be able to do sumo for 15 days. I have to restart my attitude. "

Mitakeumi, six straight wins: "I was late at the tachiai today.. I couldn't get my left hand in and thought to myself that this is not good, but I was patient and able to move forward. I'm not in bad shape and I'd like to continue doing my own sumo like this.."

Enhou, winning and losing on alternate days: "If I go head on I am at a disadvantage. I wanted to get low and inside. I'm getting better every day. There are things i still need to overcome, but  with patience  and feeling I'd like to overcome them.."

Hakuhou, six straight wins: "I felt good as I was able to move forward. The flow is good at present. I'd like to keep it that way. Am I getting better daily? You have seen for yourself.."

Asanoyama, 6-0: " My opponent today Ounoshou is a powerful pusher  so I knew I had to get a good first step in and do forward moving sumo. Mitakeumi won right before me and I wanted to follow closely. I'm facing every basho as a challenger. I'm thinking about each bout each day and not dwelling on the past."

Mongolian Kiribayama, beating an Ozeki for the first time: "I thought I had lost but I was able to grab his mawashi at the end. I am thrilled! Everything has changed since Yokozuna Kakuryuu and the Izutsu boys moved to our heya. The training is much more serious and Kakuryuu keeps a close eye on me from the training to what I eat. I used to worship him watching him on TV in Mongolia, and now I am learning from him.."

Shoudai, all over the place but winning: "I kind of fell apart but I managed to recover somehow. I was able to move forward and my body was moving well. It felt like I was going to fall on my ass. Luckily, I somehow managed to stay on my feet.." Story about Shoudai- he has his own room at the heya with a TV set. The guys are climbing the walls from boredom because of the lockdown, and asked to borrow the TV and bring it to the large hall where the lower rankers dwell, as he hardly watches TV. "If you're not watching, please lend it to  us.." they asked. He gave them the TV as a present and bought a new one for himself..

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7 hours ago, hakutorizakura said:

Asanoyama looking a bit like Kisenosato. Let's hope that he won't develop a choking habit. 

Asanoyama already has a Yusho to his credit so he has that going for him. 

3 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

If Kiribayama pulls off the upset, I will be delightfully shocked!!!(Zabutonflying...)

It will be the first time they face each other so I think Kiribayama has a decent shot to upset Hakuho.  

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Doesn't Hak have an incredible record against 1st time opponents? I recall reading about that here at some point...

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5 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

Well, he's going up against Hakuho next!  At the start of this tournament, he told reporters that his goal is to get a gold star victory over Hakuho (not like he is ever going to get a gold star from stablemate Kakuryu).  

What are the odds of him upsetting the GOAT and the yusho race?  He has Kakuryu to provide guidance on the best way to fight against Hakuho.  But I suspect nerves may get in the way, not to mention the vast experience of the opposing Yokozuna.  

If Kiribayama pulls off the upset, I will be delightfully shocked!!!(Zabutonflying...)

Hakuho is currently back in his "playing with his food" style of sumo. So I can't see it happening

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What’s up with all of this talk of nervousness from Asanoyama? Is he being modest, or does he actually get this nervous each time he steps on the dohyo?

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Abi not in the dohyo-iri. Stay tuned..

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Shikoroyama Oyakata made the decision to have Abi go kyujo after the rikishi ill-advisedly went out to eat/drink with several guests last night, as a safeguard in case he might have contracted Covid.

Oyakata, scolding Abi on the broadcast: "If it was just himself that were to contract covid, that would be his responsibility, but to put everyone else at risk, he did an awful thing."

Article (Japanese)

 

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Kotoshogiku is quietly putting together a nice basho, picking up his 5th win today.

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Kotoshoho marching steadily towards a sansho. 6-1.

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Takayasu not looking like he'll be making another run at Ozeki any time soon. 

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Just now, Kaninoyama said:

Takayasu not looking like he'll be making another run at Ozeki any time soon. 

He didn’t look comfortable there at all. 

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You can get anything you want

At Abi's Sumo restaurant

 

You can get anything you want

At Abi's restaurant

 

Walk right in

Sit right back

Go ahead and chat without your facial mask

 

You can get anything you want

At Abi's Sumo restaurant  

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Enho! Tamawashi will be kicking himself he didn’t finish that one off.

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56 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

Shikoroyama Oyakata made the decision to have Abi go kyujo after the rikishi ill-advisedly went out to eat/drink with several guests last night, as a safeguard in case he might have contracted Covid.

Oyakata, scolding Abi on the broadcast: "If it was just himself that were to contract covid, that would be his responsibility, but to put everyone else at risk, he did an awful thing."

Article (Japanese)

 

I think Abi has an endearing charisma to him, but that's so incredibly stupid. So Mitakeumi will move to 7-0 by default, right? Abi is probably going to get tested I assume? 

Edit: Enho's Sumo actually looked like a gameplan, still great job keeping the balance. 

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Only way Enho could have looked more like Mainoumi there would be if he had done nekodamashi.

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5 minutes ago, Kashunowaka said:

Mono-ii! Surely Hoku won?

Terutsuyoshi clearly won. A pretty rare amiuchi.

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Spectacular edge-of-the-dohyo Amiuchi win by Terutsuyoshi.

Great eye by the Gyoji. 

Amiuchi 網打ち
A throw with both arms pulling on the opponent's arm, causing the opponent to fall over forward (the fisherman's throw). It is so named because it resembles the traditional Japanese technique for casting fishing nets.

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It looked very much like Hokutofuji in real time, I am - as often - amazed at how different it looked in the replay. 

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Just now, Thorbjarn said:

It looked very much like Hokutofuji in real time, I am - as often - amazed at how different it looked in the replay. 

Good job by the gyoji.

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Abaka strikes again...

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