Hatsu Leaderboard Day 11

Photo Courtesy of Sumo Soul

At the start of act 3, there has been little material change in the leaderboard, with the exception of Chiyonokuni picking up his second loss, and sustaining a knee injury at the end of his match with Ikioi. As Chiyonokuni is already kachi-koshi, we expect him to be kyujo for the remainder of Hatsu. That would leave Tamawashi 2 wins behind, and relegate the yusho question to if Hakuho will go 15-0 again.

On the topic of Hakuho, he reached his “Yokozuna kachi-koshi” on day 10, racking up his 10th win of the tournament, and his 28th consecutive win counting all tournaments. For a rikishi of 33 years, that is bordering on the unbelievable. Fans are still waiting for what could be this tournament’s ultimate test-match: Hakuho vs Takakeisho. We expect that to happen before Saturday, and may represent the best outlier chance of putting dirt on “The Boss”

Leader: Hakuho
Hunt Group: Chiyonokuni (kyujo?), Tamawashi

5 Matches Remain

4 thoughts on “Hatsu Leaderboard Day 11

  1. I’m curious what moniker Japanese media and fora give Hakuho. I see “the boss” and “GOAT” quite often in English.

    One thought regarding day 4, where Hakuho wrestled Nishikigi (the day of the do-over). There were three mattas, but were they really part of a psychological game played by Hakuho that some consider underhanded? I say no in this case, because subsequent bouts Nishikigi fought also had mattas. Seems to me that Nishikigi is a bit slow to get ready (or is it his near-sightedness? Is wearing contacts allowed?)

      • Oh I don’t know. When I was in High School at least, wearing contacts during P.E. and during team sports was strictly forbidden. This was a looooong time ago. Maybe things have changed, but maybe not.

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