Purple cushions rain down in Tokyo
A quick recap of day 3 action at the Kokugikan, there was some amazing sumo taking place in Tokyo while the US was asleep. Some of the favorites faced defeat, and underdogs took some wins.
Undefeated after day 3: Goeido, Okinoumi, Mitakeumi, Kotoyuki, Chiyoshoma
Okinoumi defeats Harumafuji – his second kinboshi this tournament! Okinoumi remains undefeated. The Maegashira 1e wrestler is having a great basho 3 days in.
Tochinoshin defeats Kisenosato – The big Georgian takes down the Great Pumpkin, whose dreams of Yokozuna in Tokyo are well and truly in tatters
Kakuryu defeats Yoshikaze – The winless Yokozuna picks up one against the Berserker. Yoshikaze fights like a man possessed, but keep in mind he was hospitalized for injuries in August.
Kaisei defeats Takanoiwa – Takanoiwa had been on a strong winning streak, and the burly Brazilian has been struggling, but today it was Takanoiwa’s turn to go down.
Mitakeumi defeats Tamawashi – Mitakeumi remains with Okinoumi at 3 wins / 0 losses at the end of day 3. This basho is wide open with the Boss recovering from foot surgery.
Chiyotairyu defeats Ura – It was bound to happen some time, but Ura had his first loss today. I am not going to say “Henka”, but others may.
Hidenoumi defeats Osunaarashi – The Egyptian is struggling after taking the July tournament off to recover from injuries