The Japan News New yokozuna Kisenosato gave fans plenty to talk about on Day 5 of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament by keeping up his perfect record at Edion Arena Osaka — but only after being made to work hard for his win on Thursday.
Kisenosato locked arms with Ikioi (1-4) in a lengthy bout that used most of the dohyo surface. The No. 1 maegashira then put up a spirited fight at the edge of the bales, but the yokozuna’s trademark solid stance and lift proved too much for him.
Kakuryu bulldozed No. 2 maegashira Sokokurai (1-4) over the edge straight from the jump-off to earn his fourth win of the tourney in the day’s finale. Harumafuji, meanwhile, moved into winning territory by piling on the misery for No. 3 meagashira Shohozan (0-5) with a rapid burst of shoves and some quick legwork.
It was a mixed day for the two ozeki. A bullish Terunofuji, fighting to stay in the second-highest rank, kept up his perfect record. He refused to let No. 2 maegashira Takanoiwa (1-4) get a firm hold of his mawashi, lifted his opponent out, and then wore a look of evident satisfaction.