The Yomiuri ShimbunOzeki Goeido suffered his second defeat, while yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin remained perfect on the fifth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Thursday.
Goeido backed up after an aggressive initial attack from Daieisho, and the No. 2 maegashira easily pushed the ozeki out to collect his third victory.
Kakuryu, the basho’s lone yokozuna, had no trouble forcing out komusubi Aoiyama to cap the day’s action. Ozeki Takayasu managed to secure his third win by slapping down No. 3 maegashira Chiyotairyu with a sidestep move near the edge and a shove that sent the maegashira down.
Earlier, Tochinoshin, who needs 10 wins to return to the ozeki rank, earned his fifth victory, getting both hands on the back of Hokutofuji’s mawashi before forcing out the top maegashira.
Meanwhile, new ozeki Takakeisho withdrew from the tournament because of an injury to his right knee that he suffered in a bout against komusubi Mitakeumi on Wednesday.
No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi, the scheduled opponent for Thursday, won by default to raise his record to 2-3 at the tourney and give him 600 career victories.
This is the second time that Takakeisho has withdrawn from a tournament. He pulled out of the Spring basho last year.