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SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho Senshuraku [Final Day]—Day 15

Here we are, senshuraku [the final day] of the 2019 Hatsu Basho. And what a long, strange tournament it’s been! Sekiwake Tamawashi retains the sole lead with a 12–2 record, with sekiwake Takakeisho one loss behind him, hoping for a little luck to get him into a playoff for the yusho [tournament championship]. Tamawashi’s name […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 14

It’s Day 14 of the Hatsu Basho. We’re in the final weekend and there is just one man atop the leaderboard with an 11–2 record—sekiwake Tamawashi. WHAT?!? That’s right, yokozuna Hakuho lost for the third day in a row on Friday, leaving him tied with sekiwake Takakeisho (who is the rikishi who beat him) for […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 13

Holy cats, what a difference a day makes! It’s Day 13 of the Hatsu Basho and we have a tie atop the leaderboard and a dog fight going into the final weekend. Yokozuna Hakuho and sekiwake Tamawashi are both 10–2, with three rikishi nipping at their heels with 9–3 records—sekiwake Takakeisho, M8 Kaisei, and M9 […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 12

Things are getting interesting as we enter the final four days of the Hatsu Basho. Yesterday, yokozuna Hakuho lost for the first time. However, since he had a two match lead over the nearest competition, he’s still alone atop the leaderboard with his 10–1 record. Immediately behind him at 9–2 is sekiwake Tamawashi, and a […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 11

We’ve finished two-thirds of the Hatsu Basho, and find ourselves in a very familiar position. Yokozuna Hakuho is the leader with a perfect 10–0 record. Less usual is the fact that even his closest competitors already have two losses, giving the yokozuna a cushion that he shows no sign of needing. Tied for second-place right […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 10

We’ve reached Day 10 of the Hatsu Basho and yokozuna Hakuho is still undefeated, and thus still alone atop the leaderboard. In fact, he’s gained an even greater advantage because two of his immediate competitors lost yesterday leaving just M15 Chiyonokuni in second place with an 8–1 record. Hakuho continues to look a little stronger […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 9

And so we move into Week 2 of the Hatsu Basho. Yokozuna Hakuho remains alone atop the leaderboard, having secured his eighth win yesterday. Three rikishi are one win off the pace with 7–1 records—M8 Kaisei, M13 Yago, and M15 Chiyonokuni. It was touching to see the Emperor and Empress yesterday, particularly knowing that it […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho Nakabi [Middle Day]—Day 8

Here we are, halfway through the Hatsu Basho, and sitting alone atop the leaderboard once again is yokozuna Hakuho with a perfect 7–0 record. Immediately behind him with just one loss are M6 Onosho, M8 Kaisei, M13 Yago, and M15 Chiyonokuni. Today is a big day at the Kokugikan [National Sports Arena] as the Emperor […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 7

We’ve reached the middle weekend of the Hatsu Basho and just like that the leaderboard has just a pair of names sitting alone at the top. Yokozuna Hakuho and M6 Onosho are the only remaining undefeated rikishi. Trailing them with 5–1 records are komusubi Mitakeumi, M5 Aoiyama, M8 Kaisei, M13 Yago, and M15 Chiyonokuni. NOW […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 6

It’s Day 6 of the Hatsu Basho and as we head into the middle weekend we finally have something of a leaderboard forming. Four rikishi remain undefeated—yokozuna Hakuho, komusubi Mitakeumi, M6 Onosho, and M8 Kaisei. A half-dozen rikishi are immediately trailing them with 4–1 records—sekiwake Takakeisho, M1 Ichinojo, M2 Nishikigi, M5 Aoiyama, M13 Yago, M15 […]