May 2017, Day 1, Myogiryu v Chiyotairyu

Myogiryu’s spent the last two years in a steady fall from the high rank of Komusubi, and now finds himself near the bottom of the top division. Chiyotairyu has spent the same time span bouncing up and down between the top two divisions. Both would love to put together a solid tournament to get out of danger of falling to Juryo (again), but it’s Chiyotairyu who starts off the Natsu Basho in Tokyo with a bang. A solid tachiai puts Myogiryu on his heels, and Chiyotairyu follows with some sharp thrusts that finish the job with no trouble.

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