9th Day: HAKUHO MARKS 8-STREAK TO BE NEW LEADER
Ozeki Hakuho got the same ranker Tochiazuma out of the dohyo to take over the leader of the Makuuchi table from the Japanese Ozeki at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in the 9th day of Nihon Sumo Kyokai Haru-Basho Monday afternoon. Hakuho made a quick motion to grab the mawashi belt in right hand. Into a situation of Gappuri-yottsu, or bodies adhered in full palms gripping mawashi, the 22-year-old Mongolian showed the strength to earn eight consecutive victories after a loss on the opening day and now heads for another Ozeki Kaio tomorrow, and for a Yokozuna probably Saturday.
Tochiazuma, who marched the beginning of the tournament with 7 streak wins, was belonged the group of two-loss including Yokozuna Asashoryu. Tochiazuma will meet Kasugao while the Yokozuna faces Sekiwake Kotomitsuki Tuesday.
I expect an exciting ending until Sensyuraku Sunday.
Nihon Sumo Kyokai, Haru-Basho
--March Grand Sumo Tournament 2007
9th Day (19 Mar)
HAKUHO(8-1) def. TOCHIAZUMA(7-2)