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.
Takakeisho has looked solid so far this tournament – stable base, good footwork, hard to push around. But Kagayaki has his way with him and launches him into the stands with a hard shove perfectly placed in the midsection. First loss of the tournament for Takakeisho, first win for Kagayaki.
Yokozuna Hakuho wins the July 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, earning his thirty-ninth top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Along the way he surpassed former Ozeki Kaio to set the all-time wins record with a mark of 1050. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), tsukiotoshi (2), okuridashi (2), hatakikomi (2), sukuinage (1), oshitaoshi (1), yoritaoshi (1), kotenage (1).
Ura drops two in a row, getting blasted off the ring by Takakeisho. Takakeisho stays just as low as Ura at the tachiai, driving him back to the tawara where Ura plants his right foot and tries to escape to the side. But Takakeisho follows nicely and puts two hands on Ura’s chest, sending him flying. Both men have had excellent tournaments so far, finishing the day at 10-4.
That little smile from Daishomaru isn’t just because he threw down Takakeisho by the face. It’s also because he finally ended a five-tournament streak of losing records, picking up the all-important eighth win on Day 13. Takakeisho has a good record of 9-4 in only his third top-division tournament.