Quiz! The Tokyo July Basho 2020

The last basho provided us a fair amount of fun, usual drama, and a fairytale winner.

But how much can you remember about this unusual basho?

  1. Terunofuji capped a fantastic comeback from jonidan to clinch his second yusho. He won the first one, way back in 2015, with a…

a. 12-3 record

b. 13-2 record

c. 14-1 record

d. 15-0 record

2. Prior to his comeback in jonidan, the last basho where he competed the whole fifteen days took place in…

a. November 2017

b. January 2018

c. March 2018

d. May 2018

3. Who ended up runner up?

a. Shodai

b. Shodai and Asanoyama

c. Asanoyama

d. Mitakeumi and Asanoyama

4. And what was the arasoi after nakabi (day 8)?

a. 8-0: Hakuho, Asanoyama, Mitakeumi; 7-1: Terunofuji, Myogiryu

b. 8-0: Hakuho, Mitakeumi; 7-1: Asanoyama, Terunofuji, Myogiryu, Daishoho

c. 8-0: Hakuho, Asanoyama; 7-1: Mitakeumi, Shodai, Terunofuji

d. 8-0: Hakuho, Asanoyama; 7-1: Shodai, Terunofuji.

5. There were more yusho winners in the maegashira ranks than in san’yaku.

a. True

b. False

6. How many yusho winners were competing?

a. Seven

b. Eight

c. Nine

d. Ten

7. How many former ozeki were competing down the maegashira ranks?

a. Three

b. Four

c. Five

d. Six

8. Not counting Kakuryu, who ended up with the worst record?

a. Yutakayama

b. Shohozan

c. Ikioi

d. Onosho

Pulling out on day 2. Yokozuna Kakuryu

9. Abi was forced to pull out of the tournament after having breached the Covid sanitary measures several times. He pulled out on day…

a. Five

b. Six

c. Seven

d. Eight

10. Who got the fusensho win?

a. Mitakeumi

b. Ryuden

c. Hokutofuji

d. Mitakeumi

11. Kotoyuki’s best streak during that tournament was a…

a. Two win streak

b. Three win streak

c. Four win streak

d. Five win streak

Heading back to juryo: Kotoyuki Kazuyoshi

12. And Ishiura’s worst streak was…

a. Four losses in a row

b. Five losses in a row

c. Six losses in a row

d. Seven losses in a row

And heading back to juryo soon? Ishiura Masakatsu

13. Okinoumi achieved a convincing 9-6 record as a komusubi. How many times has he produced a winning record in san’yaku before?

a. Never

b. Once

c. Twice

d. Thrice

14. In terms of results, it was Enho’s worst record ever.

a. True

b. False

15. And finally, which one of these rikishi got his kachi koshi?

a. Tokushoryu

b. Sadanoumi

c. Chiyotairyu

d. Ryuden

The answers:

  1. Terunofuji capped a fantastic comeback from jonidan to clinch his second yusho. He won the first one, way back in 2015, with a…

a. 12-3 record. The then sekiwake came close to winning it in Osaka 2015 with a great 13-2 record, beating Hakuho in the process, but the yokozuna hung on to win his 34th yusho (14-1). Curiously enough, Hakuho defeated Terunofuji in May, but lost three of the four last matches (11-4). As a result, Terunofuji’s 12-3 record was enough to lift the Cup.

2. Prior to his comeback in jonidan, the last basho where he competed the whole fifteen days took place in..

d. May 2018. There was a small trap in that question. Terunofuji’s slide was slightly delayed in May 2018, where he seemed to recover some of his abilities, with a 6-9 record in juryo.

3. Who ended up runner up?

c. Asanoyama, with a 12-3 record. Mitakeumi and Shodai ended up with four losses, alongside Daieisho.

4. And what was the arasoi after nakabi (day 8)?

c. 8-0: Hakuho, Asanoyama; 7-1: Mitakeumi, Shodai, Terunofuji

5. There were more yusho winners in the maegashira ranks than in san’yaku.

b. False: five in san’yaku, as much down the maegashira ranks (see question 6). But still.

6. How many yusho winners were competing?

d. Ten: Hakuho, Kakuryu, Takakeisho, Asanoyama, Mitakeumi, Tokushoryu, Tamawashi, Tochinoshin, Kotoshogiku and Terunofuji. 

7. How many former ozeki were competing down the maegashira ranks?

b. Four: Tochinoshin, Takayasu, Kotoshogiku and Terunofuji. They all ended up with a winning record.

A former ozeki, but not a former yusho winner: Takayasu Akira

8. Not counting Kakuryu, who ended up with the worst record?

d. Onosho, with a 2-13 record. Onosho’s record after thirteen days was 0-13. Shohozan performed a disgracious henka on him on day 13. Oh boy.

9. Abi was forced to pull out of the tournament after having breached the Covid sanitary measures several times. He pulled out on day…

c. Seven. He ended up the tournament with a 3-4-8 record.

10. Who got the fusensho win?

d. Mitakeumi

11. Kotoyuki’s best streak during that tournament was a…

d. Five win streak, from day 8 to day 12. A remarkable run on his bid for survival. Alas, he ended up the basho injured (6-8-1) and will return to juryo.

12. And Ishiura’s worst streak was…

b. Five losses in a row, during the five last days. He will have to perform better in Aki, if he wants to avoid another juryo drop.

13. Okinoumi achieved a convincing 9-6 record as a komusubi. How many times has he produced a winning record in san’yaku before?

a. Never. San’yaku used to prove one step too high for the Shimane-ken rikishi, a strong yotsu zumo wrestler nonetheless. His first san’yaku appearance took place back in May 2013!

Finally staying in san’yaku for long? Okinoumi Ayumi

14. In terms of results, it was Enho’s worst record ever.

b. False. I twas Enho’s fourth make koshi, following a 6-9 record back in March, a 7-8 for his makuuchi debut in May 2019, and a 4-11 record in juryo, in March 2018.

15. And finally, which one of these rikishi got his kachi koshi?

b. Sadanoumi, with a 8-7 record. Tokushoryu (7-8), Ryuden (7-8) and Chiyotairyu (6-9) were make koshi.

4 thoughts on “Quiz! The Tokyo July Basho 2020

  1. Ah, I misread the first one. I thought it was B because I thought you were asking about THIS tournament. “Read the questions, Andy.”

  2. For the several questions that had: “how many were competing for the yusho or how many yusho winners were competing?”, my mind immediately discounted Kakuryu as he disappeared after a couple of days. But, good fun over all.

  3. Question 10 hast two times Mitakeumi as choice ;)

    Overall nice quiz, but some of the questions … you have been trying a little bit too hard. What was Kotoyukis longest win streak in this tournament? I mean seriously, unless (and even then) you are a die hard Kotoyuki fan. Thats like asking if your soccer team made more goals from minute 50-55, 55-60 or 60-65 in a season;-)

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