Sumo Wrestling: Asanoyama is defeated, now Shodai lead the final day

Within the penultimate bout of Day 14, Shodai (12-2) battered Asanoyama (10-4) with a gap shoulder blast, then spun the powerfully constructed ozeki sideways earlier than pushing him down on the edge. With the imposing show of energy, Shodai avenged his loss to Asanoyama on the July match, whereas additionally ending the ozeki’s bid for a second Emperor’s Cup.

“My preliminary cost was nearly as good because it may very well be,” mentioned Shodai, who may very well be on observe to affix Asanoyama at sumo’s second-highest rank. “I’m not pondering an excessive amount of concerning the championship. Regardless of the outcome, I simply wish to do my finest in my remaining bout.”

Takakeisho bounced again from his loss to Shodai on Friday and stayed one win off the tempo by slapping down Tobizaru. However the ozeki was made to work by the 28-year-old top-division rookie.

Regardless of a robust opening cost, Takakeisho had a tough time budging the No. 14 maegashira, who fought again with a flurry of blows earlier than being yanked to the clay.

No. 8 Wakatakakage (10-4) didn’t maintain tempo with the leaders after falling to sekiwake Mitakeumi (8-6), who picked up his all-important eighth win.

Combating in his third makuuchi match, Wakatakakage confirmed spectacular energy to withstand repeated force-out makes an attempt earlier than succumbing to an underarm throw towards the two-time Emperor’s Cup winner.

No. 9 Onosho (10-4) additionally dropped out of the championship race after No. 1 Takanosho (9-5) slapped him down.

The previous komusubi, who held the outright lead earlier within the meet, drove Takanosho towards the sting however was yanked to the bottom earlier than he might dislodge his opponent.

Takanosho, a Chiganoura stablemate of Takakeisho, seems on observe for his first promotion to the three elite sanyaku ranks beneath yokozuna.

Sekiwake Daieisho dropped to 4-10 after being pushed out by No. 5 Takarafuji (7-7).

No. 5 Kiribayama (8-4-2) clinched a successful report for the meet by forcing out komusubi Okinoumi (4-10). Combating out of the Michinoku steady, the 24-year-old Mongolian missed three days with a shoulder harm however returned on Day 13.

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