May 2017, Day 11, Harumafuji v Mitakeumi

It’s feast or famine for Mitakeumi, earning his second straight win after a bad stretch of six consecutive losses. Yokozuna Harumafuji has been complaining of a toe injury for the past few days, but Mitakeumi doesn’t cut him any slack. After a solid tachiai that stops Harumafuji in his tracks, Mitakeumi unbalances the Yokozuna with a slick outside leg hook on the right side. Harumafuji loses his left-handed overarm grip, and then misses the tawara with his left foot, stepping out under the force of Mitakeumi’s pressure. Mitakeumi improves to 5-6, looking forward to an easier schedule over the last four days (not counting Kotoshogiku tomorrow) now that his bouts against the Yokozuna and Ozeki are finished. Harumafuji loses for the first time this tournament, dropping to 10-1 right behind 11-0 Hakuho, and one win ahead of 9-2 Terunofuji, Takayasu, Tochinoshin, and Ura. Yokozuna Kisenosato has dropped out of the tournament due to his chest injury, with a final record of 6-4. Hopefully he takes the proper time to recover fully before July.


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