Tochinoshin Kachi-Koshi, Seems Unstoppable


Georgian Ozeki hopeful Tochinoshin won over Ichinojo during day 8 competition in Tokyo, handily besting him in a contest of strength that seemed to replay many of the themes of their Osaka battle of the burly. With this win, Tochinoshin improved to an impressive 8-0, remaining undefeated and securing his kachi-koshi at the earliest possible time. With every other top division man nursing at least one loss, he is in sole lead for the yusho going into the final week.

Tochinoshin’s eye seem to be firmly fixed to his prize, 11+ wins and a valid bid for elevation to sumo’s second highest rank – Ozeki. At present there are two Ozeki, one hurt and one struggling. This is a far cry from two years ago when eh sport had four Ozeki, most of whom were incredibly genki at any given moment. The process for his elevation would take place by decision by the Sumo Kyokai and the Yokozuna Deliberation Committee. There has been some speculation among the fans on how much of his January yusho would count towards an Ozeki promotion, as it did not happen when he was ranked in San’yaku. With his fantastic record thus far at Natsu, that question may have been set aside. He is now the bonafide man to beat for the Emperors cup, and a second yusho in 3 tournaments would be undeniable qualification for promotion.

With one week to go, we will see the scheduling committee try to throw everything they can into the mix, but there only remain one very questionable Ozeki, and two Yokozuna above him. Interestingly enough, in hind sight his fusensho win over Endo may turn out to have been pivotal to the race to the Emperor’s cup.

6 thoughts on “Tochinoshin Kachi-Koshi, Seems Unstoppable

  1. Tough to oversimplify these things but he just looks GENKIER than everyone else (and yes, he’s reasonably fit and he’s focused and he has the technique and ability)

    You see him practise in the hallway, you see him get fired up, he runs off to his corner, he goes into the match totally focused. It reminds me of…. Hakuho. Except! Hakuho has looked a step off that routine this tournament. Usually he gets up to go to the corner one last time and does that little sprint over there… but today he got up and it was like he forgot it was time for action! Then took a step and then started hustling over.

    In spite of all that it still feels like Tochinoshin’s biggest challenge could/will come from both yokozuna and I could see it going to a playoff. Yeah Kakuryu wins a lot going backwards, but he’s only beating what’s been put in front of him.

  2. I had a thought the other day, if you bear with me. After Endos kyujo and Tochinochins fusen win, I came to the realisation that the dexiding factor for or against Ozekihood may not solely be a result of Tochinochins final standing, but be heavily influenced by Goeidos performance. If Goeido goes khadoban, the very real risk of loosing both Ozeki presents itself – and that may force a promotion for Big T even if his final tally is a bit weak. After all, You need to Yokozeki for a Honbasho, and the whole Yokozekicorps looks shaky as is…


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