Nice to see ol’ ‘Giku pick up his ninth win with a strong performance against Daieisho. Good mobility, keeping his feet moving and in front of his retreating opponent without getting overeager and falling down. Daieisho has already earned his kachi-koshi and finishes the day at 8-6.
“Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later . . . get squish just like grape.”
Yokozuna Hakuho wins the May 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his 38th top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used seven different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), hatakikomi (2), uwatenage (2), uwatedashinage (2), yoritaoshi (2), uwatehineri, and oshidashi. Congrats to the champ!
Really, was it ever going to go any other way? Daieisho loses his seventh bout in a row against Hakuho, who picks up his seventh straight victory. A left-handed slap to the face by the Yokozuna leads to a left-handed overarm belt grip, and Hakuho wastes no time charging forward and depositing Daieisho on the other side of the tawara. Hakuho is tied for the tournament lead with 7-0 Yokozuna Harumafuji, one win ahead of the lone second-place wrestler 6-1 Sekiwake Takayasu. The three of them lead a pack of thirteen wrestlers bunched up at 5-2, including Yokozuna Kisenosato, Ozekis Goeido and Terunofuji, and M10 Ura.
Yokozuna Kisenosato continues to gut out victories, crushing Daieisho with his body weight by abisetaoshi (backward force down). Kisenosato is hanging in there with a 4-2 record, and Daieisho continues to struggle against the top of the division with a record of 0-6.
Daieisho is at his highest-ever rank of M3, and he’s experiencing the different level of competition up here in the rarefied air at the top of the division. Until this tournament, he’d never even competed against someone higher than M3, and now he’s had five days in a row of Sekiwake, Komusubi, Ozeki, and today his first match against a Yokozuna. So it’s no surprise that Harumafuji dispatches him handily, smashing head-to-head at the tachiai and securing a quick overhand left that puts Daieisho instantly into the dirt. Harumafuji stays perfect at 5-0, Daieisho drops to 0-5.