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Takayasu wins 3rd straight in Nagoya

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yokozuna Hakuho, right, and No. 1 maegashira Takakeisho wait for the other to make the first move during their match Wednesday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho eventually won to remain undefeated.

The Japan NewsOzeki Takayasu is on a roll after sputtering out of the gate at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The newly promoted ozeki pushed his way past sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-2) on Wednesday at Aichi Prefectural Gym for his third consecutive win following an opening-day loss.

Takayasu was strong at the jump-off, and forced Mitakeumi to misstep twice before capitalizing on a third slip-up and pushing out his way to victory.

In other action, slap-happy yokozuna Hakuho (4-0) toyed with Takakeisho (1-3) at times before closing in and pushing the No. 1 maegashira across the ring and over the bales, while yokozuna Harumafuji latched onto the arm of No. 2 maegashira Tochinoshin (2-2) and flung him to the surface to even his record.

Kisenosato evened his record with a strong charge off the jump-off that left No. 1 maegashira Shodai (1-3) helpless to do anything as the yokozuna shoved him out of the ring.

Ozeki Goeido forced out No. 3 maegashira Ikioi (0-4) to even his record. No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (3-1) kept up his strong showing, knocking off Terunofuji (1-3) to notch a second win in Nagoya over an ozeki to go with his kinboshi (awarded for a maegashira victory over a yokozuna).

Komusubi Yoshikaze received a victory by forfeit to remain unbeaten, while fellow komusubi Kotoshogiku continued to go the other way, staying winless by falling to sekiwake Tamawashi (3-1).Speech

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