Some significant results from day 1 while most of the USA was asleep. For those of you who want to read it before you watch it, click to read more
Yokozuna-chasing Kisenosato falls to shock defeat on 1st day
Ozeki Kisenosato’s bid to reach the highest rank of yokozuna is already in jeopardy after the first day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, falling to top-ranked maegashira Okinoumi on Sunday, when yokozuna Kakuryu also suffered defeat.
Kisenosato, bidding for the fourth time to earn promotion to yokozuna, has been tasked by the Yokozuna Deliberation Council with seizing an elusive first championship. He entered the 15-day tournament with somewhat brighter hopes after yokozuna Hakuho, who has won a record 37 titles, pulled out with injuries.
But after having wrapped up Okinoumi’s torso with both arms and driving him to the straw bales, Kisenosato surrendered a firm left-hand hold on the back of his mawashi. Okinoumi quickly spun the ozeki around to grapple him out for a stunning defeat at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Full write up on today’s outcome following the NHK World broadcast at 12:30 PM US Easern