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Joint overnight leaders Terunofuji and Mitakeumi racked up their 10th win on Wednesday to remain neck-and-neck in the New Year’s Grand Sumo Tournament.

Sekiwake Mitakeumi ousted ozeki Shodai before lone great champion Terunofuji outclassed No. 5 Mongolian maegashira Chiyoshoma in the final bout on Day 11 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Grand champion Terunofuji (R) defeats Chiyoshoma on day 11 of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on January 19, 2022 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. (kyodo) == kyodo

Sumo: Terunofuji, Mitakeumi still tied for the lead on Day 11

Mitakeumi (right) defeats ozeki Shodai on day 11 of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on January 19, 2022 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. (kyodo) == kyodo

A day after relinquishing outright advantage with his loss to No. 4 Hokutofuji, Mitakeumi (10-1) bounced back with a strong performance against the embattled Shodai (4-7), who must win his remaining four bouts to avoid be demoted. -threatened «kadoban» ozeki in the next match.

Mitakeumi was stronger from the start and knocked Shodai down to the straw bales before the ozeki maneuvered back into the contest.

Taking an outside hold, Shodai had the momentum briefly, but was only able to move Mitakeumi so far before the sekiwake got to his feet and blasted his way to win No. 10 of the 15-day competition.

It was the first time Mitakeumi had won 10 bouts in consecutive matches while fighting at one of the three elite “sanyaku” ranks below yokozuna.

«I am happy, since that was one of my goals for this tournament. I didn’t think it would get to 10 so quickly,” he said.

“Although I lost yesterday, I was able to get back on the right track and win convincingly today. I wanted to concentrate. But I was pretty nervous.”

Chasing his third consecutive championship, six-time Emperor’s Cup winner Terunofuji (10-1) withstood a spirited attack from Chiyoshoma (4-7) before sending him to the brink of a losing record.

The maegashira gained a strong hold on the belt with his right hand from the jump, forcing the Mongolian-born yokozuna into a defensive stance before pushing the grand champion over the edge.

But Terunofuji stayed well inside the straw, launching Chiyoshoma and gaining an outside hold which he used to take out the outmatched maegashira on the opposite side.

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No. 6 Abi stayed one win away from the pace at 9-2, narrowly escaping at the edge when he dropped giant No. 2 Ichinojo (5-6).

The former komusubi is once again in title contention after going 12-3 in the November competition, his first return in the top division since serving a three-tournament suspension for violating coronavirus safety rules. of the Japan Sumo Association in July 2020.

Sekiwake Takanosho (6-5) fell victim to No. 6 Hoshoryu (7-4), who hit an overarm throw after parrying his opponent’s initial charge.

Komusubi Daieisho (3-8) is ready to relinquish his sanyaku status after his loss to No. 5 Onosho (7-4) consigned him to a losing record in the tournament.

Komusubi Meisei (4-7) is also on the brink of demotion after losing to former komusubi Hokutofuji (5-6), who pushed Meisei to the limit before taking his belt and pushing him.

Sumo: Terunofuji, Mitakeumi still tied for the lead on Day 11

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