Sun, Sep 26, 2004 - Page 23 News List

Kaio in reach of Emperor's Cup

AP , TOKYO

Ozeki Kaio took a major step toward the Emperor's Cup yesterday with a convincing win over Wakanosato, while Asashoryu was handed his third straight loss on the second last day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Kaio absorbed a crushing blow by Wakanosato in the penultimate bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, but quickly got hold of the sekiwake's belt and threw his opponent down to remain in the sole lead at 12-2. Wakanosato dropped to 10-4.

Kaio can wrap up the title with a win over Asashoryu on the final day. The only other wrestler with a chance is Tochinonada, who defeated Kotomitsuki to improve to 11-3.

No. 3 maegashira Tochinonada made sure the title chase will go down to the final day when he deployed a clinical arm throw at the edge of the ring to send Kotomitsuki sprawling to the dirt surface.

Kaio's victory also ensured grand champion Asashoryu won't win his fifth straight title.

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