Kisenosato stays perfect at Osaka

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Kisenosato forces out Ikioi on Thursday, Day 5 of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Edion Arena Osaka.

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.

Goeido, however, came up short for the fourth time this tourney. Takekaze (1-4), who was in much need of a win, got the better of the ozeki with ease.Speech

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