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.