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J4 – Hakuho invaincu pour son anniversaire

Hakuho conserve un score parfait.

Hakuho invaincu pour son anniversaire

Le dernier combat de la journée opposait le yokozuna Kakuryu à l’ex-ozeki (de longue date) Takayasu.

Ces rikishis ont une statistique assez équilibrée (10-12 à l’avantage du yokozuna) aussi les deux lutteurs se sont rapidement neutralisés par des saisies mais Kakuryu fini par l’emporter et en chutant Takayasu a souffert du genou de sa jambe gauche et cela se voyait nettement sur la vidéo.

En effet, il resta allongé sur le sol, incapable de se relever, la jambe gauche comme « rigidifiée ».

Une image émouvante que celle consistant à voir Takayasu en difficulté, allongé sur un dohyo presque vide entourés de gradins déserts.

Dans un combat inhabituellement long mais maîtrisé, le grand champion Hakuho (Y, 4-0) a accroché une quatrième victoire à son compteur malgré une belle résistance d’Okinoumi (M2, 2-2).

Le temps se brouille pour l’ozeki Takakeisho (2-2), Daieisho (M1, 1-3) a allumé son compteur de victoire de la plus belle des manières en se montrant efficace et prompt à faire reculer son adversaire.

Défaite pour Enho (M4, 1-3) qui n’a pas eu de prise sur Shodai (S, 3-1), est-ce que Enho a atteint les limites de sa progression (déjà héroïque) du fait de l’écart physique avec ses opposants ? La suite du tournoi nous le dira…

Malgré sa victoire hier sur le yokozuna Kakuryu, Hokutofuji (K, 2-2) n’a pas résisté à la maîtrise et à la grande concentration du sekiwake Asanoyama (4-0), ce dernier est en bonne route sur le long chemin permettant d’espérer une promotion au rang d’ozeki.

Revoici Mitakeumi (M3, 4-0) au sommet de sa forme, il a rapidement disposé de Yutakayama (M3, 2-2).

Dans le duel des maegashira 5 Onosho (3-1) a tenu tête à Ryuden (2-2) en l’expédiant rouler loin de l’aire de combat sur les sièges du premier rang désespérément vides.

Toshinoshin (1-3) est encore l’ombre de lui-même et n’a pas offert beaucoup de résistance à Takanosho (4-0) lui permettant de conserver un score vierge de défaites.

Aoiyama (4-0) réalise un bon début de tournoi en faisant preuve de persévérance face à Nishikigi (0-4)

Ishiura (4-0) reste lui aussi invaincu, avec férocité il a fait lourdement chuter Chiyotairyu (3-1) sur le dos en dehors du dohyo. Ce dernier a par ailleurs du regagner le vestiaire sur fauteuil, espérons qu’il n’y ai pas de blessure grave…

Kaisei (1-3) remporte enfin une première victoire, en l’emportant sur Daiamami (1-3)

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Hakuho stays perfect with birthday win at Spring tournament

OSAKA (Kyodo) — Grand champion Hakuho celebrated his 35th birthday with a win over rank-and-filer Okinoumi on Wednesday, maintaining his perfect record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament being held without spectators for the first time in the sport’s history.

In the day’s penultimate bout at Edion Arena Osaka, Hakuho improved to 4-0 after defeating No. 2 maegashira Okinoumi (1-3). The 15-day meet is being held behind closed doors as an emergency measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Hakuho faced a stern challenge from the rank-and-filer as the two wrestlers locked up in a brief stalemate. The yokozuna, however, managed to get ahold of Okinoumi’s belt with both hands and lifted the 167-kilogram wrestler off the ground before throwing him out.

« I’m glad I was able to win today. I’ve been doing my best every single day of the meet, » said Hakuho, adding he is getting used to competing in the empty arena.

Making his return from an injury that caused him to pull out of the previous meet in January, Hakuho is tied with five other wrestlers as he continues his campaign for a record-extending 44th title in the top division.

Yokozuna Kakuryu (3-1), who suffered his first loss of the meet on Monday, survived a scare against struggling No. 1 maegashira Takayasu (0-4). The former ozeki started the bout in command and nearly pushed the yokozuna out twice, but was eventually thrust down.

Takayasu landed awkwardly on his left leg and was unable to leave the ring on his own power. He appeared to be in severe pain as he was taken away in a wheelchair, casting doubt on him remaining in the meet.

Meanwhile, sekiwake Asanoyama continued his strong bid for promotion to ozeki, the second highest rank in Japan’s ancient sport. Asanoyama won a hard-fought bout against komusubi Hokutofuji (2-2) to maintain his spotless record.

Hokutofuji, who defeated Kakuryu on Day 2, opened the bout by pushing Asanoyama towards the edge. But the sekiwake got both hands under Hokutofuji’s arms and threw the 162-kg wrestler down.

Asanoyama, who won his maiden top division championship last May, needs to win at least 12 bouts to meet one of the benchmarks for promotion. The 26-year-old collected 10 wins at the January meet after finishing 11-4 in November.

Takakeisho, the only ozeki competing, lost to No. 1 Daieisho (1-3). Takakeisho (2-2) opened with a slapping attack against Daieisho but was quickly bulldozed out of the ring as he attempted to pull the maegashira down.

Having won his only championship in November 2018 as a komusubi, the 23-year-old Takakeisho has not won a title since he was first promoted to ozeki in May.

Among the six rank-and-file wrestlers who started the day with a perfect record, four managed to improve to 4-0.

Fan-favorite Mitakeumi, who is aiming for his third Emperor’s Cup, calmly shoved out No. 3 Yutakayama (2-2) without giving his opponent a chance to resist.

Despite hogging the spotlight two months ago, January champion Tokushoryu’s struggles continue in Osaka. The No. 2 maegashira failed to claim his first win of the meet when he was forced backwards by komusubi Endo (2-2).

Written by Kyodo

  • Makuuchi
  • Juryô
Rikishis
Score
Kimarites
Score
Rikishis
Azumaryu
東龍

(Maegashira 16)
3-1
1-3
Meisei
明生

(Maegashira 17)
Tsurugisho
剣翔

(Maegashira 15)
1-3
3-1
Kotonowaka
琴ノ若

(Maegashira 18)
Shimanoumi
志摩ノ海

(Maegashira 16)
3-1
3-1
Chiyomaru
千代丸

(Maegashira 15)
Kaisei
魁聖

(Maegashira 14)
1-3
1-3
Daiamami
大奄美

(Maegashira 17)
Nishikigi
錦木

(Maegashira 14)
0-4
4-0
Aoiyama
碧山

(Maegashira 13)
Chiyotairyû
千代大龍

(Maegashira 11)
3-1
4-0
Ishiura
石浦
(Maegashira 12)
Kotoshôgiku
琴奨菊

(Maegashira 13)
1-3
2-2
Terutsuyoshi
照強

(Maegashira 11)
Ikioi

(Maegashira 12)
3-1
0-4
Tochiôzan
栃煌山

(Maegashira 10)
Takanosho
隆の勝

(Maegashira 9)
4-0
1-3
Tochinoshin
栃ノ心

(Maegashira 9)
Sadanoumi
佐田の海

(Maegashira 10)
1-3
2-2
Kiribayama
貴ノ富士

(Maegashira 8)
Takarafuji
宝富士

(Maegashira 7)
2-2
1-3
Tamawashi
玉鷲

(Maegashira 7)
Shôhôzan
松鳳山

(Maegashira 8)
1-3
3-1
Kagayaki

(Maegashira 6)
Ryuden
竜電

(Maegashira 5)
2-2
3-1
Onosho
阿武咲

(Maegashira 5)
Myogiryu
妙義龍

(Maegashira 6)
0-4
2-2
Abi
阿炎

(Maegashira 4)
Yutakayama
豊山

(Maegashira 3)
2-2
4-0
Mitakeumi
御嶽海
(Maegashira 3)
Tokushoryu
徳勝龍

(Maegashira 2)
0-4
2-2
Endo
遠藤
(Komusubi)
Asanoyama
朝乃山

(Sekiwake)
4-0
2-2
Hokutofuji
北勝富士

(Komusubi)
Enho
炎鵬

(Maegashira 4)
1-3
3-1
Shodai
正代

(Sekiwake)
Takakeisho
貴景勝

(Ozeki)
2-2
1-3
Daieisho
大栄翔

(Maegashira 1)
Hakuhô
白鵬

(Yokozuna)
4-0
1-3
Okinoumi
隠岐の海
(Maegashira 2)
Takayasu
高安

(Maegashira 1)
2-2
3-1
Kakuryû
鶴竜

(Yokozuna)
Rikishis
Score
Kimarites
Score
Rikishis
Chiyootori
千代鳳

(Juryo 14)
4-0
1-3
Akiseyama
明瀬山

(Juryo 14)
Hakuyozan
白鷹山

(Juryo 12)
2-2
2-2
Chiyonoumi
千代の海

(Juryo 13)
Fujiazuma

(Makushita 1)
2-1
1-3
Asagyokusei
朝玉勢

(Juryo 12)
Yago
矢後

(Juryo 10)
2-2
2-2
Midorifuji
翠富士

(Juryo 11)
Wakamotoharu

(Juryo 11)
2-2
2-2
Takagenji
貴源治

(Juryo 10)
Kyokutaisei
旭大星

(Juryo 8)
2-2
2-2
Hoshoryu
遠藤
(Juryo 9)
Kizakiumi
木崎海

(Juryo 9)
1-3
3-1
Ichinojo
逸ノ城

(Juryo 8)
Kotoshoho
琴勝峰
(Juryo 6)
4-0
3-1
Churanoumi
美ノ海

(Juryo 7)
Mitoryu
水戸龍

(Juryo 7)
1-3
1-3
Akua
天空海

(Juryo 6)
Kotoeko
琴恵光

(Juryo 5)
3-1
1-3
Kyokushuho
旭秀鵬

(Juryo 5)
Chiyoshoma
千代翔馬

(Juryo 2)
2-2
0-4
Daishomaru
大翔丸

(Juryo 4)
Tobizaru
翔猿

(Juryo 4)
2-2
2-2
Wakatakakage
若隆景

(Juryo 2)
Kotoyuki
琴勇輝

(Juryo 1)
1-3
2-2
Daishoho
大翔鵬

(Juryo 3)
Terunofuji
照ノ富士

(Juryo 3)
4-0
2-2
Hidenoumi
英乃海

(Juryo 1)

 

 

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