Harumafuji Pulls, Two Still Lead Busho
Ozeki Kisenosato and yokozuna Hakuho both maintained leads in the standings on the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, but the big story of the day doesn’t reside there.
Yokozuna Harumafuji announced he was pulling out from the tournament due to a hamstring injury. His stablemaster, Isegahama, said Harumafuji was injured during his day five bout with Okinoumi, but he continued to face Tamawashi the next day.
"He can’t do stampings and is barely walking. He can’t wrestle if he can’t walk," stablemaster Isegahama said.
Harumafuji will be out of action for at least a month.
Meanwhile, Kisenosato easily handled No. 4 maegashira Tochiozan, and Hakuho defeated Tamawashi for the two to hold onto first place in the tournament standings.
Kotoshogiku was defeated by Takayasu for his fourth straight loss. With just two wins so far, he’ll need to somehow achieve another six, or he will be demoted from the ozeki ranking.
Kakuryu managed to defeat No. 3 maegashira Okinoumi to end his three-day losing streak.
No. 10 maegashira Takanoiwa defeated the 13th-ranked Ichinojo, while No. 15 maegashira Sadanoumi trumped 12th-ranked Daishomaru, and No. 10 Sokokurai defeated Chiyoo.
Goeido managed to survive a threat from Shodai, and ozeki Terunofuji beat No. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi.