The leadership pack has been whittled down rather quickly. Among the sanyaku, with three wins we’ve got Hakuho, Kakuryu, and Kisenosato. Hakuho brought a convincing halt Mitakeumi’s run. Mitakeumi still looked solid but Hakuho is still far too skillful. Likewise, Kakuryu forced out Uncle Taka and gets his own shot with Mitakeumi tomorrow. From there, the leaders fall off to those among the rank-and-file.
Of more interest to me is the state of our ozeki. I find it telling that Kotoshogiku is finding it much harder to win with his straight-forward hippity-hoppity. In football, we talk about veteran receivers or corners who’ve “lost a step.” Giku’s in the same boat, having lost leg power. For Tochinoshin, he needs to start finding ways to beat these ozeki if he wants to stay in the sanyaku ranks.
Bruce has covered the interesting bits from today. Nothing more to see here. On to day 4.