San’yaku Cleans Up
At the conclusion of every basho, the sumo kyokai award a series of special prizes. They are intended to recognize rikishi who have over-performed and achieved greatly in the basho. At the end of Natsu, 4 special prizes were awarded, and all but one went to members of the San’yaku.
Natsu Special Prizes
Ginō-shō (技能賞), Technique prize
Yoshikaze (his 3rd award)
Takayasu (his 2nd award)
Kantō-shō (敢闘賞), Fighting Spirit prize
Onosho (1st award)
Shukun-shō (殊勲賞), Outstanding Performance prize
Mitakeumi (1st award)
Onosho is notable in that he really tore through the ranks on his first Makuuchi basho, going 10-5 from Maegashira 14 rank. Mitakeumi was notable in that he defeated two Yokozuna in his Natsu matches.
Congratulations to all sanshō winners.