Mon, Nov 17, 2008 - Page 20 News List

Grand champion Hakuho moves into tie for the lead

AP , FUKUOKA, JAPAN

Grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia toppled Kisenosato yesterday to move into a tie for the lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

In the day’s final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hakuho sent the No. 4 maegashira to the dirt surface after getting his leg behind Kisenosato’s and shoving his opponent down.

OUT IN FRONT

Hakuho, who is bidding for his ninth Emperor’s Cup, moved is 7-1 atop the standings with Miyabiyama, who lost to Kyokutenho in an earlier bout.

In other major bouts, sekiwake Ama of Mongolia forced out top maegashira Toyonoshima to improve to 6-2 and keep his hopes of a promotion to ozeki next week alive.

Ama is one of nine wrestlers who are one victory off the pace at the midway point of the 15-day tourney. Toyonoshima fell to 5-3.

FIRST LOSS

Mongolian Kyokutenho overpowered Miyabiyama to hand the No. 7 maegashira his first loss of the tournament. The No. 6 maegashira Kyokutenho improved to 5-3, while Miyabiyama fell to 7-1.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai is also among the group of wrestlers at 6-2 after he shoved out No. 4 maegashira Tochinoshin, who dropped to 1-7.

NO FORM

Sekiwake Baruto of Estonia overpowered Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu to pick up his sixth win against a pair of losses. Kotooshu has yet to find his form and he dropped to 3-5.

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