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It was announced Kakuryu was withdrawing from the tourney with injuries. So this means 2 yokozunas are absent. Kotoshogiku was given an automatic win as a result. As to the top contesters for the Emperor's Cup, Ichinojo defeated Ohsuna-arashi. Sokokuri drove out Takakeisho. Takanoiwa pushed out Chiyoshoma. They all won their 9th bout. Goeido was shoved by Ikoi but managed to throw him in the end to win. Endo attacked Kisenosato, but the ozeki got hold of his arm and threw him. Kisenosato kept the lead. Hakuho lost his grip of Terunofuji's belt, but he managed to shove the ozeki out to remain in the runner up group.
Ichinojo defeated Sadanoumi for a majority win. Takanoiwa failed against Chiyotairyu. Sokokurai drove out Ohsuna-arashi to win his 8th bout. Kisenosato shoved and shoved. Terunofuji tried to resist but in the end was forced out. Kisenosato kept his lead for the Emperor's Cup. Goeido pushed, pulled away, and threw Kotoshogiku. It's Kotoshogiku's 7th loss. Tamawashi attacked Kakuryu non-stop and drove out the yokozuna. Kakuryu took his 5th loss. Hakuho gave thrusts,pulled away, and forced Ikoio to roll on the dirt.
Takanoiwa drove down the big Aoiyama for his 8th win. Terunofuji tried to throw Arawashi but instead, Arawashi threw the ozeki. Goeido drove out Okinoumi. Kotoshogiku pushed and pushed against Kisenosato and won. It's Kisenosato's first loss. Takayasu gave thrusts after thrusts to Hakuho and pushed the yokozuna out. Ikioi charged into Kakuryu and pushed out the yokozuna. Takanoiwa and Kisenosato are tied for the Emperor's Cup.
Takekaze took Kaisei's arm and threw him. His skill was called "ippon zeoi", a technique rarely used in sumo and more common in judo. The audience reacted with surpise when the technique was announced. It's the first time in 3 years. Terunofuji stepped aside while Goeido fell which gave Terunofuji his 4th win, while the 3rd loss for Goeido. Okinoumi pushed against Kisenosato, while the ozeki pulled back and managed to shift position quickly to drive down Okinoumi. Kisenosato secured a majority win. Shohozan forced Kotoshogiku to roll down the dirt mound. Kakuryu attacked Shodai non stop and won. Arawashi got hold of Hakuho's belt quickly, went round and round then threw the yokozuna. It's Hakuho's first loss.
Goeido forced down Shodai. Kisenosato quicky drove out Tochiozan. Takayasu gave Kotoshogiku thrusts and won. Terunofuji was able to defeat Mitakeumi. Hakuho's force was so powerful, Tamawashi's foot left the ring. Ikio was given an automatic win in the bout that he was matched to face Harumafuji who withdrew due to an injury. Kakuryu gave Arawashi a throw and won his 4th bout.
Kisenosato was like a giant wall hindering Shodai from taking any action. Kisenosato drove Shodai out to keep his record clean. Kotoshogiku could not win control of the bout against Mitakeumi and is driven out. It's the ozeki's 4th loss. Terunofuji forced Tochiozan on his hand to win his 2nd bout. Goeido got hold of Shohozan's belt to force him out. Harumafuji forced a throw, which prompted Tamawashi to fall. The yokozuna also dived out of the ring, but he won. Kakuryu pulled back and was driven out by Arawashi. Hakuho banged into Mitakeumi and forced him down to win another bout.
Endo drove out Kotoyuki from behind to win his 3rd bout. Shodai powerfully drove down Tochinoshin. The Georgian had difficulty walking after the bout. Takarafuji drove down Kotoshogiku. The ozeki took his 3rd loss. Terunofuji walked out the ring on Tamawashi's attacks. Goeido charged into Arawashi and won his 3rd bout. Kisenosato was able to drive out Mitakeumi. Takayasu drove down Kakuryu who faced his 2nd loss. Hakuho was shoved at one point, but in the end Shohozan fell on his hand to the yokozuna's thrust. Harumafuji gave Okinoumi a throw to win.
Ikioi forced down Terunofuji. Goeido kept on moving forward and drove out Takarafuji. Kisenosato pulled back, then was able to drive Shohozan down. Shodai fought well against Kotoshogiku and drove out the ozeki. Hakuho was reluctant to face off immediately. Then when he did stand up to fight, he was able to drive out Tochinoshin. Harumafuji moved aggressively and forced out Arawashi. Mitakeumi pushed out Kakuryu, who succumbed to his first loss.
Osuna-arashi who has been promoted to makuuchi this tourney won his 3rd bout by forcing Chiyotairyu to lose balance. Takayasu threw Goeido. It's the ozeki's 2nd loss. Kisenosato got a good start and drove out easily Arawashi. Kotoshogiku threw Tochinoshin. Terunofuji slightly changed position which prompted Okinoumi to walk out the ring slowly. Okinoumi's knee looked bad. Harumafuji fell from the ring, out and lost to Shohozan. Kakuryu gave Takarafuji thrust then drove him out for his 3rd win. Hakuho quickly got hold of Mitaeumi's belt then forced him out the ring.
The popular Endo managed to drive out Ikioi to win his first bout. Shodai forced Arawashi out also for his first win. Kisenosato was no match against Tamawashi with a powerful thrust to win. Okinoumi slowly threw Kotoshogiku to defeat the ozeki. Takayasu forced Terunofuji on his hands. Goeido won against Tochinoshin with an overarm throw. The referee gave the bout between Kakuryu and Shohozan to Shohozan. But the juries decided against it. Hakuho drove out Takarafuji. Harumafuji pulled away as Mitakeumi charge forward by using his knee against the yokozuna. Mitakeumi won. So again many upsets on the day.
In front of super sumo fan Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Kotoshogiku drove out Arawashi. The big Terunofuji succumbed to Shohozan's shoves and lost. Then another ozeki Goeido lost too. His opponent Mitakeumi faced off quickly getting hold of the ozeki and gave him no chance of taking control, forcing Goeido out. Kisenosato had a smooth win over Takarafuji, driving him out. Hakuho pushed, then pulled back, which forced new sekiwake Shodai to fall. Harumafuji quickly defeated Takayasu. Kakuryu threw Tochinoshin with his left, forcing the Georgian on his belly.
Pre Tourney highlight
A 23 year old pass the test to join sumo
From the newcomer test on Dec 28, 2016, those over 23 and under 25 have been accepted for the first time since the age restriction was expanded. 23 year old Taisei Yamamoto became the first to pass the test.
Shodai earns 2nd fastest promotion to sekiwake
Shodai took only 17 tourneys to reach sekiwake. It's the 2nd quickest after 1958, for a rikishi who started from the bottom.
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