Thursday, July 26, 2012

Harumafuji: The Comeback Kid

 29 years ago, Yokozuna's Chyonofuji and Takanosato went into day 15 undefeated. It would be the last time two rikishi would meet undefeated on day 15 until just a few days ago.

 Ozeki Harumafuji stunned the Sumo world with a perfect 15 and 0 performance, beating a seemingly weak Hakuho on day 15.

 After going 8-7 in the May basho, few people would have guessed that Harumafuji would have done better than a 9 or 10 win Basho.

 "I believed in myself and put my heart and soul into it until the last fight" he said

 He will be shooting for Yokozuna promotion in September. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cinderella Man, Kyokutenho takes Title

 In a show of great determination and great sumo Meagashira #7, 37 year old Kyokutenho wowed sumo fans with a unforgettable performance.

 "This is an unbelievable feeling" he said of his victory. He became the oldest man ever to win a basho passing Toyokuni who won in 1929 at the age of 35.

"I didn't know what to expect on this final day but everything came together. I was just focused on my sumo," said Kyokutenho. 

 He has been promoted to the rank of Meagashira #1 for the basho in July. I am very excited to see what he can do. He's truly one of the steady men of Sumo and will always be remembered for his cinderella tournament win.