|Tamawashi (R) upsets grand champion Terunofuji on the sixth day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 14, 2022, at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. (Photo by=Kyodo)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Veteran No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi took advantage of a slipup to snap yokozuna Terunofuji's 23-match win streak Friday and remain within one win of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament lead, Kyodo reported.
The win improved the 37-year-old Tamawashi's career record between the Mongolian-born grapplers to 6-10 and left both wrestlers with 5-1 records, one back of sekiwake Mitakeumi and No. 6 Abi in the 15-day tourney at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Terunofuji, who so far this tournament has repeatedly navigated out of difficult situations, seemed taken back by the speed of Tamawashi's charge. A couple of shoves to the throat kept him on the back foot, only for that foot to lose its traction. When Terunofuji, winner of the last two tournaments, tried to counterattack, his right foot gave way twice on the ring's sandy surface. He lurched forward to his right off balance and only steadied himself by putting his right hand on the clay.
"I had a good charge today," said Tamawashi, who was coming off a win against ozeki Shodai on Thursday. "I have landed good blows against him, had the advantage, numerous times, but I'd always end up losing. It worked out at last." Mitakeumi improved to 12-7 in his career against No. 3 Endo (2-4) with a flawless drive that powered his opponent backward over the straw from the initial charge.