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Hakuho outclasses Endo on day two in Nagoya

Yokozuna Hakuho was undefeated on his return from injury at the Nagoya Grand Sumo tournament on Monday, using his refined grappling technique to knock over base opponent Endo.

Ozeki Terunofuji, who is aiming for promotion to yokozuna, also won Day 2 at Dolphin’s Arena, but the action inside the ring was overshadowed by injury problems for ozeki Takakeisho, who appeared to be injured during his shocking defeat. against no. 2 maegashira Ichinojo.

Winner of a record 44 high-level championships, Hakuho has staked his career on the results of the current 15-day bout after missing all or part of the last six tournaments and undergoing knee surgery in March.

After a hard-fought victory on the opening day komusubi Meisei, the 36-year-old of Mongolian origin, maintained control against No. 1 Endo (0-2) in the last match of Day 2.

Unleashing a barrage of slaps to keep Endo at a distance, Hakuho hooked the maegashira under the arm and sent it to fall from the raised ring with a throw over the arm.

In one of the most exciting races of the day, Terunofuji withstood a furious attack from the new komusubi Wakatakakage (0-2), who claimed several high-ranking casualties in May on the way to earning his first promotion to the three. “sanyaku”It ranks under yokozuna.

Moving quickly out of the blocks, Wakatakakage knocked Terunofuji off balance and attacked him with a double-handed inside grip. Forced into a defensive stance, Terunofuji grabbed his opponent’s belt from the outside and held his position before taking him to the edge and forcing him out.

The winner of the last two major tournaments, Terunofuji can secure promotion to the highest degree of sumo with a championship in Nagoya.

In the penultimate match of the day, Takakeisho was quickly eliminated by Ichinojo (2-0) and had to be helped away from the dohyo with what appeared to be a possible neck injury.

Ozeki Shodai remained perfect at 2-0 overthrowing the dangerous n. 1 Daieisho, winner of the New Year’s tournament.

Opening with his signature push-and-pull attack, Daieisho (0-2) tried to drive Shodai out, but the ozeki held his balance and ended the match with a downward thrust.

Sekiwake Mitakeumi (1-1) opened his account by pushing out the No. 2 Takanosho (0-2). The two-time Emperor’s Cup winner got in hot pursuit following a strong initial collision from former sekiwake Takanosho before pushing him back and forth.

Meisei (0-2) remained winless after being eliminated from No. 3 Hokutofuji (2-0).

The big tournament in Aichi prefecture is the first away from Tokyo with spectators since the November 2019 Kyushu tournament in Fukuoka. Attendance in Nagoya was limited to 3,800, half of the venue’s total capacity, in line with government COVID-19 policies.

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