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Kaito rocketed into Kotonomine's defense and bulldozed him out in couple

of seconds! 7-7 means crucial bout on senshuraku.

Kokkai's attack is relentless and well-angered. Senshuyama concentrates on

staying in the dohyo and not giving in to Kokkai's forward momentum.

Kokkai looks overeager which Senshuyama also registers and slaps him down.

Kokkai is annoyed at himself and slowly walks half way the dohyo back to

his side and then accelerates visibly (maybe was exhorted by gyoji or

shimpan, who knows?) to bow out. Both are 7-7.

Harunoyama humiliates himself by losing to 1-12 with oshitaoshi. He

remains at 7-7

Wow! What a great bout! Tamakasuga and Futeno go merrily around and around

the dohyo Tamakasuga once being already sure Futeno can't survive the

imbalance. Futeno balances on the tawara and comes back into play. Tama

tries arm yanks, pull downs and oshi. Futeno stays incredibly well

postured and tries to force the oshi-veteran to yotsu-sumo. He can't quite

make it and Tama offers plenty of various rookie-killer moves. Futeno

manages to stay up and finally closes the gap and gets Tama in trouble.

Still a bit running around before Tama steps out, crowd cheers and Futeno

almost makes a little celebrating move but controls himself. Tama drops to

11-3 making juryo yusho hunt open. Futeno gets kachi koshi with quality

performance.

Komahikari matta...2nd matta..3rd matta. When bout gets under way Toyo

recruits his white muscle cells as his habit is and dynamically muscles

Koma out to his 12th loss. Toyozakura gets kachi koshi.

Yusho challenger bout. Kakizoe has something unique in his oshi-attack. He

seems so well balanced, determined and aware of his tacticts exactly.

Hayateumi can't stop him and with a hataki-attempt only makes it easier

for Kakizoe to push him out. 10-4 for Kakizoe and since he hasn't faced

Tamakasuga yet, it would be only logical to match him up with Tama on

senshuraku. Hayateumi hunts for his 10th win tomorrow.

Hamanishiki obeys his sumo level drop insurance company and proceeds with

damage control against ginger Gokenzan. 6-8 for Hama now after

unsuccessful belt fiddling was followed by deep solid grip he used to

steer Gokenzan whereever he wished. When it comes to sumo wishes, mostly

rikishi wish to see their foes having dohyo clay for snack or take a

healthy jogging out of the dohyo. Gokenzan just hops out to makushita.

Oikari blasted out Kobo. 7-7 for Oikari, 6-8 for Kobo.

Kinkaiyama has left hand outside and right hand inside but it doesn't do

good as Wakatoba has him in retreat and upright position. Kinkaiyama stays

at 7 wins fighting for kachi koshi on senshuraku. Wakatoba's 5th win in a

row brought him back from 2-7 to 7-7 too!

Tochisakae doesn't look too stable but doesn't need to as he simply lets

Ushiomary get tangled up by himself and fall down oddly. Tochisakae 9-4-1

now and Ushiomaru 8-6.

Kasuganishiki pays all his attention to tanky Nakao and keeps him directly

in front of him. Then gives 2 slaps of which first one serves as

destabilizer and the other one the finishing one. Nakao falls on his belly

and fights for his kachi koshi on senshuraku too. We have at least 8 juryo

rikishi at 7-7! Tochinohana is 7-6 and in makuuchi today so he could be

the 9th. Tomorrow morning if reporters would ask juryo rikishi about their

goals, lot of "I'll just do my best to get my eight"-replies would fill

the microphone.

Wakakosho guides Oginishiki out. Wakakosho revived nicely after a

disastrous start. He is now 6-8.

Asanowaka kachi koshi...

Tochinohana cause make-koshi to Aogiyama and got kk himself.

Asasekiryu kachi koshi against hapless Shimotori who needs a win on

senshuraku to stay in makuuchi perhaps.

Wakanoyama goes down. Down he went.

Iwakiyama ends Akinoshima's career with a flattening yoritaoshi. Way to go

for the veteran fighting his last bout with all the fighting spirit in the

world. All this assuming he will retire due to certain drop to juryo and

not come back tomorrow nor in Nagoya in juryo.

Jumonji wraps Gojoro up and gets his eigth. He then jumps up for joy

literally! Funny event. Gojoro got make-koshi and jumps for no joys nor

sorrows as he has a bad knee.

The classic Kaiho-Aminishiki is always vivid and dizzy! Aminishiki

dominates Kaiho and slams him down! 10-4 says Kaiho acknowladging he was

overwhelmed by Aminishiki who is now 10-4!

Tamarikido shifts aside and Kotonowaka staggers to 7-7. Tamarikido has a

chance for kachi koshi too thanks to that win over Kotonowaka.

Shuzan wants to yank Toki's arm and then walk him out, Toki wants to

redden Shuzan's already red cheeks even more. No arm yanking this time but

Shuzan destroys Toki's sumo and runs him out speedily. Both end up

somewhere far from dohyo. Crowd likes the extra thrill. Shuzan 7-7 at M3!

Maybe he'll get 7-7 Kotonowaka (M4) tomorrow.

Tamanoshima dominates Kotoryu who plants his feet on tawara side by side

and squats down when Tama gives the final push. Koto goes down hard and

evidently hits some part of his body painfully. He looks to be in pain but

stands up after a while and walks back to shitaku-beya without limping but

holding his side. It is possible that he got his wind knocked out only or

maybe a rib injury or just a painful impact.

Nami slaps Nada down!

Takamisakari gets left hand outside grip and muscles Kasu close to edge

but the injured Korean fights back and drives Sakke back! Sakke goes for

last ditch throw but hits the dohyo hard clearly before Kasugao.

Hokutoriki's tsuki is in that infamous "Day X comments"'s -groove again

and he rhytmically takes Tosanoumi back and out! Tosanoumi didn't dive

today but lost in straight forward manner.

Tenho stops Buyuzan's tachi-ai but amazingly Buyuzan generates enough

power to muscle Tenho to the edge! Tenho has leverage to spare and

survives, lowers his hips and slides Buyuzan back like in butsukari-geiko!

Kyokutenho earned this win with hard work! 10-4!

Dejima does henka, Waka survives and gets armpit morozashi. Dejima

wriggles like madman and attempts to batter Waka's face and chin with his

arms and hands. Waka maintains composure and then as Deji gets loose, he

drops him down with hatakikomi. Dejima 7-7 and Wsato gets his kahci koshi.

Tochiazuma and Miyabiyama train a lot together and know each other's sumo

well. Tochiazuma does what was expected really. Full scale henka saves

ozeki rank for him. MIyabiyama gives a rather despiseful look to Azuma.

Henka was perfect though and Azuma retains ozeki rank.

Musoyama at his best! Taikai's tachi-ai was not good and Muso got drive

going and as Taikai didn't go out easily, Muso dumped him with strong

tsukiotoshi maybe. 7-7 for Muso and Kaio on senshuraku...

I can't comment on this bout! Someone else can say something but that was

UWATENAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok I'll just say that Shoryu had no chance whatsoever. Right hand uwate drive and then uwatenage.

Who is SHoryu indeed? (Blinking...)

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Tochiazuma and Miyabiyama train a lot together and know each other's sumo

well. Tochiazuma does what was expected really. Full scale henka saves

ozeki rank for him. MIyabiyama gives a rather despiseful look to Azuma.

Henka was perfect though and Azuma retains ozeki rank.

The fact that we have "Ozeki Tochiazuma" is what gives me hope that maybe someday we will have a "Yokozuna Chiyotaikai".

Musoyama at his best! Taikai's tachi-ai was not good and Muso got drive

going and as Taikai didn't go out easily, Muso dumped him with strong

tsukiotoshi maybe. 7-7 for Muso and Kaio on senshuraku...

First of all, I'd like to repeat myself:

Me > Chiyotaikai

Poor Musoyama...

I can't comment on this bout! Someone else can say something but that was

UWATENAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok I'll just say that Shoryu had no chance whatsoever. Right hand uwate drive and then uwatenage.

My heart hurts when I see Kaio like this. Most unrealized career ever. Call him a choker, if you want, and maybe he really is one, because he is most definitely better than his rank shows.

The only thing left in this tournament for me is to root for Kaio (even if it means Musoyama won't be an ozeki anymore) and Chiyotaikai tomorrow, and hope that Chiyo does show fighting spirit instead of the usual weakness on senshuraku, when it's irrelevant to him.

But do not, worry:

WE SHALL RIZE AGAIN!

Edited by QttP

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The bout is now on Dale's site too. The tachi-ai was identical to their prior meeting in Haru. KaioU smartly prevented Asashoryu from getting that morozashi. Skillfully blocked Asashoryu's attempt and got his own left hand inside. Asashoryu tried to wriggle free on both sides but KaioU pressured forward and kept his focus. At the edge KaioU used his right hand grip to topple Asashoryu over with that famous uwatenage. After the bout KaioU commented when asked about the winning factor "I didn't let him get morozashi and I got a good uwate position". That was third win in a row for KaioU against Asashoryu.

My heart hurts when I see Kaio like this. Most unrealized career ever. Call him a choker, if you want, and maybe he really is one, because he is most definitely better than his rank shows.

My heart rejoices when I see KaioU like this (Blinking...)

There are always ifs and whatifs in terms of anyone's career. What if Mario Lemieux would have stayed healthier? What if Musashimaru would have had the determination of Akebono? What if Kotonowaka would have developed a meaner spirit on the dohyo? KaioU has had his difficulties. From instant giant killerism in 1994 to repetive ozeki hunting failures. From bad injury in 1997 to horrible year 1998. Gradual improvement in 1999 climaxing in 2000 success (1st yusho and ozeki promotion). From being a stable ozeki to injury ridden era with good moments. I think 3 yushos is not an unrealized career. It is true he could have become a new Kitanoumi but it was not to be. To me KaioU's career is not a disappointment. Quite on the contrary! When I started following him in 1999 nobody believed in him anymore and eyes were on Chiyotaikai and Dejima. Since then he has won 3 yushos and been yokozuna candidate twice. 4th yusho will come soon; probably not this basho unless Taikai does what QttP wants but soon anyway!

No official report on Akinoshima yet. He was heard to discuss the tachi-ai failure with his tsukebito on his way back. On Ken Coller's http://www.sumonow.net he writes that Akinoshima's oyakata would announce intai after the day. Jury is still out but already it feels sad to see him go despite the fact that I've been expecting this to happen for some bashos now. As for now the final moment of Akinoshima's honbasho career is illustrated in this picture from sumonow:

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Kinkaiyama has left hand outside and right hand inside but it doesn't do good as Wakatoba has him in retreat and upright position. Kinkaiyama stays at 7 wins fighting for kachi koshi on senshuraku. Wakatoba's 5th win in a row brought him back from 2-7 to 7-7 too!

Wakatoba has shown really good fighting spirit in all 3 bashos in 2003 in my opinion, and improved steadily, and I'm hoping he can make a pass at Makuuchi promotion later this year. Even if not, at 8-7, 8-7, 7-7 his current Juryo stint is already loads better than his previous two in which he only managed one KK in 6 tournaments, plus he's only turning 26 next month, so he should still have some ways to go.

Let's hope he secures another 8-7 KK against already-sure-to-be-promoted Kasuganishiki tomorrow. (Blinking...)

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Wow! What a great bout! Tamakasuga and Futeno go merrily around and around

the dohyo Tamakasuga once being already sure Futeno can't survive the

imbalance. Futeno balances on the tawara and comes back into play. :-D

I still cannot believe Tamakasuga made such a mistake. I guess Futeno would have been out if Tamakasuga would have coughed in Futenos direction. Instead he turned towards bowing. I think he was surprised by the ballett-dancerlike recovery of Futeno.

I think that some spanking by his oyakata would have been the right action if it was not Tamakasuga who is not spanked any more.

BTW: did anyone else see that kaio stepped out before asashoryu hit the ground? i know that the decision was correct as asashoryu was flying out at the time, but i consider that interesting....

Edited by Gernobono

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BTW: did anyone else see that kaio stepped out before asashoryu hit the ground? i know that the decision was correct as asashoryu was flying out at the time, but i consider that interesting....

Yes, I noticed that too. Kaio's win seemed to be undisputed however. I suppose Asashoryu was considered shini-tai ("dead body"), as he had no control over his body when Kaio threw him out of the dohyo.

The situation seems rather similar to Asashoryu's loss to Takanonami in Nagoya 2002, when Nami puts down his foot before Asashoryu hits the ground.

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BTW: did anyone else see that kaio stepped out before asashoryu hit the ground? i know that the decision was correct as asashoryu was flying out at the time, but i consider that interesting....

Yes. But in this case Kaio's control was much more obvious than in the Shoryu-Nami case, so I don't think even Moti would object.

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Of course I object!! No way U can beat Asa fair and square!!

OK.. he did win...But ultimately, lost to Musouyama on day last..hehehe..

I have read that Musouyama's shoulder popped back in on day 11.

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