Harumafuji hands Hakuho his first loss at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Harumafuji notched a huge result on Friday, upending Hakuho and halting his perfect run at the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

The win left the two Mongolian yokozuna with 12 wins each and tied for first place at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center. 

Harumafuji came into the match knowing the stakes and made a daring leap on his initial charge that caught Hakuho off guard and soon found him outside of the ring.

It was the 19th win over Hakuho for Harumafuji in 50 career bouts.

It doesn’t get any easier going forward for Harumafuji as he will take on fellow yokozuna, Kakuryu, on Saturday. Hakuho, meanwhile, will take on ozeki Terunofuji.

The Japan Times recapped the rest of the day’s results:

In the day’s final bout, Kakuryu (8-5) lost his footing soon after the initial charge as Terunofuji improved to 7-6. Kakuryu forced fellow Mongolian upward on the charge and as he lowered his body to take aim at Terunofuji’s midsection, a slip of foot amid a hail of slaps from the ozeki saw the yokozuna crash to the surface.

Goeido (7-6) made quick work of veteran ozeki Kisenosato (8-5), overpowering him on the tachiai and maintaining control until forcing him over the straw bales.

The victory improved Goeido’s career record against Kisenosato to 13-20.

Ozeki Kotoshogiku secured his eighth win at the expense of struggling sekiwake Myogiru, using a kotenage armlock throw to deal his opponent an 11th loss.

Tenth-ranked maegashira Shohozan (11-2) kept his title hopes alive by powering out towering top-ranked maegashira Ichinojo (5-8). The 177-cm Shohozan was off the mark in a flash forcing the 194-cm Mongolian up and back to the straw ridge. Shohozan failed to tip his opponent with an underarm throw, but with Ichinojo’s poise all but gone, a second frontal assault carried the day.

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