Thursday, 14th May 2009
Victory for Asashoryu at Grand Summer Basho
Sumo wrestler Asashoryu has recovered from defeat earlier this week to beat Takekaze at the Summer Grand Sumo tournament.
The loss to Aminishiki came as a shock, but Kyodo news reports that Asashoryu's quest for a 24th Emperor's Cup is back on track.
He is now one win behind Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho - who won the spring meet with an unbeaten record.
The news source noted that Takekaze was knocked "back with a pair of savage blows", before being blasted into the ringside cushions.
Hakuho, meanwhile, extended his run of victories to four with a "textbook uwatenage" win over Kyokutenho.
And Harumafuji also remains unbeaten after handing Goeido his first loss of the basho with an overarm throw.
Tickets are still available for the event at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, which runs until Sunday May 24th, although the final day itself is sold out and few seats remain for the day before.
Written by Andy Mackay
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