Thu, Sep 14, 2006 - Page 20 News List

Asashoryu swats down No. 3 Dejima

AP , TOKYO

Grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia dispatched Dejima in quick order yesterday to stay undefeated at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

In the day's final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Asashoryu dodged to his side at the faceoff and swatted the third-ranked maegashira down to improve to 4-0. Dejima remained winless.

Asashoryu, who is gunning for his 18th Emperor's Cup, is in a three-way tie for the lead with top maegashira Roho and rank-and-filer Homasho.

In other major bouts, Mongolian Hakuho won his third straight bout with a win over Tokitenku.

Ozeki Hakuho, who is bidding for promotion to grand champion, quickly got a grip on the belt of Tokitenku and hauled the No. 2 maegashira down for the win.

After losing on opening day, Hakuho has looked like the yokozuna candidate many expected him to be. He'll face Kokkai today.

Ozeki Tochiazuma finally picked up his first win of the tournament when he bulldozed winless No. 2 maegashira Tamanoshima out of the ring.

Bulgarian Kotooshu was handed his first loss when Aminishiki came bursting out of the blocks and forced the ozeki wrestler out in a matter of seconds.

Third-ranked maegashira Aminishiki evened his record at 2-2 while Kotooshu fell to 3-1.

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