Kyushu: Goeido, three others at 5-0

The Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament is now one-third of the way through, and yokozuna hopeful Goeido is one of four participants who are at 5-0.

On Thursday, Goeido was able to get a victory over No. 1 maegashira Aoiyama. While he was tested early on in the bout, Goeido was able to shove his opposition out with both hands to earn a victory at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center.  Goeido is currently in a four-way tie at the top of the tournament standings along with two Mongolian yokozuna — Hakuho and Kakuryu — and Sokokurai.

Hakuho, who was forced out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament back in September due to injury, defeated Tochiozan, and Kakuryu defeated sekiwake Okinoumi on Thursday. Sokokurai, a Chinese maegashira competing in a lower level of the makuuchi divison, defeated Kyokushuho.

Another Mongolian yokozuna, Harumafuji, grabbed third-ranked maegashira Endo by the throat and forced him over straw bales to win their match and improve to 4-1.

Goeido was also a part of a perfect run for the participating ozekis. Terunofuji got his third win of the tournament by defeating Mitakeumi, Kotoshogiku defeated second-ranked maegashira Yoshikaze with a shove and Kisenosato scored a win over Kaisei after being nearly forced out of the ring.

Finally, in the remaining bout of Thursday’s action, Komusubi Tamawashi defeated Takayasu.

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