Haru 2020 Special Prizes

Along with the yusho, there are a number of special prizes awarded to rikishi with notable matches or excellent scores over the 15 day tournament. They come with a nice trophy, a certificate, and most importantly money, as in ¥2,000,000! For Haru, we have these winners:

Onosho – Shukun-sho (Outstanding Performance Award)

He finished 9-6, but along the way he put dirt on Yokozuna Hakuho. Bouncing back from injury and a trip through Juryo, Onosho has been hit or miss since 2018, but finally seems to have his sumo together. He’s won the Kanto-sho 3 times, but this is his first Shukun-sho.

Takanosho – Kanto-sho (Fighting Spirit Prize)

He finished at 12-3 from Maegashira 9, and really surprised fans and opponents too. A stable mate of Takakeisho, he spent a long time in Makushita as Masunosho before making Sekitori and taking the Takanosho shikona. Only time will tell if this is his new normal or he just caught fire in the empty stadium in Osaka.

Aoiyama – Gino-sho (Technique Prize)

Big Dan held the sole lead for the yusho for a time in week 2, and showed some of his best sumo in a year. He has previously won the Kanto-Sho 3 times, but this is his first Gino-sho. He is likely to get a big promotion in the next banzuke, but always struggles above Maegashira 6.

7 thoughts on “Haru 2020 Special Prizes

  1. I would be cautious with the phrase “put dirt”. It gives the impression that the defeated rikishi was put to the ground. Hakuho was merely pushed out of the dohyo, as is almost always the case when he loses.

  2. Sorry, I completely dropped the ball on writing a special prizes post when they were released last night. Does anyone know if anyone else was up for conditional prizes but didn’t meet the conditions?

  3. Interesting that no special prize for Asanoyama, but I guess he’ll have to settle for the Ozeki promotion :)

  4. A special price also to team Tachiai for yet another excellent coverage of events… After the uneasy feel of the first couple of days, I must say I loved this basho.. And it turned out to be anything but silent. Being able to hear the grunts, the actual sound of the impacts, that Thunderous Thud when hokutofuji fell flat outside the dohyo, and also, the screams of Takayasu (yes, horrible, but a reminder of the reality of the sport we love so much).. These were quite the eye opener for me.. Also the absence of cheer possibly hindering Enho, but at the same time freeing Aoyama.. Or may be not at all.. Very interesting stuff I thought.. Thanks guys for the hard work.

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