brine yokozuna Terunofuji began his comeback from injury on Sunday at the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, suffering a shocking defeat against komusubi Daiisho.
Having missed most of the big tournament in March due to heel and left knee injuries, Terunofuji lost for the second straight fight against Daieisho, who went on his signature push-and-push bout in the final match of the day at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
The komusubi was strong and got all the momentum as he pushed out the six-time Emperor’s Cup winner, who faces questions about his health after showing little stamina.
“I needed to go ahead and do my sumo style,” said Daieisho. “I worked on my push attack and push attack and improved my skills.”
On an opening day of upheaval, Mitakeumi was the only winner among the three ozekiwith Takakeisho and Shodai falling on lower-ranking opponents.
Winner of the January tournament, Mitakeumi knocked out former ozeki Takayasu, fighting as no. 1 maegashira following a strong set of achievements.
Takayasu made a promising start with an inside grip, but Mitakeumi counterattacked from the outside before maneuvering the maegashira to the edge and out.
No. 2 Kotonowaka continued to hone his impressive credentials by pushing Takakeisho out.
The mighty 24-year-old dodged Takakeisho’s charge and slapped his face before pushing him over the straw.
“I just wanted to keep constant pressure on the ozeki with my forward thrust attack. But I still need to keep improving, ”said Kotonowaka, who had never beaten Takakeisho before.
Shodai, who opened the tournament in March as threatened with relegation kadoban ozeki, made another lackluster start, losing to no. 1 Kiribayama of course.
“I just wanted to go ahead and give everything I had,” said the former komusubi Kiribayama, who is considering a return to the three sanyaku it is below Yokozuna. “I still have a long way to go,” she said.
sekiwake Wakatakakage, who won the championship in March making his third-place debut, looked strong when he forced to take out the No. 3 maegashira Hokutofuji.
The rising star held its position after Hokutofuji pushed forward from the jump, then waited patiently for an opening to unbalance the former komusubi and pack it up.
Sekiwake Abi suffered a shocking defeat against Mongolian No. 4 Tamawashi, who pushed out his more imaginative opponent.
Mongolian komusubi Hoshoryu was unable to successfully start his second tournament in sanyaku, losing to no. 4 Endo.
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