It’s hard to blame Mother’s Day for why I wasn’t able to see any sumo…but here we are. All of the Yokozunas and Ozeki won but the sekiwake and komusubi lost. Osunaarashi’s back with a win over Takanoiwa. Neither Chiyonoumi nor Homarenishiki fought today or were on the schedule for today. I’ll look for news about whether they’re kyujo. But more importantly, I’ll watch some bouts tonight.
This is a much delayed update on special prizes for the Haru basho. Apologies. Anyway, there was only one special prize provided: the Outstanding Performance prize was given to Kotoyuki.
Thank you, Hakuho!
It’s hard to watch this post-match interview with the champ. He’s obviously affected by the audience’s yelling about the henka and apologizes.
However, I’ve got to thank him. I’d been worried about today’s match because Harumafuji is not 100% and going head-to-head with the best could bring about further injury. So, seeing Harumafuji sprint past Kisenosato and into the crowd brought about laughter and then relief. Hakuho may have noticed Harumafuji come up lame yesterday (see earlier post) and may not have wanted to take it to him.
Regardless, we’ve seen our superzuna come back this tournament. And it’s been a pleasure to watch…though maybe not for Yoshikaze.
Harumafuji appeared to come up a bit lame against Kakuryu so there is little in doubt about tomorrow’s match with Hakuho. Harumafuji and Kakuryu had a good bout going when all of a sudden Harumafuji seemed to rear up and his compatriot gently carried him to the edge.
Kaisei is 9-4 after today’s bout with Tokushoryu. He’s definitely lower on the banzuke than usual so it shouldn’t be too surprising but he’s been quietly picking up the wins…or maybe I just repressed a few of them around that win over my man Ikioi?