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22 September 2009 @ 02:08 am
A Bit of Sumo Update  
Now the September tournament of grand sumo is running and has completed the 9th day so far, and although I initially opted not to write about it during the competition-- because the grand champion Hakuho was reported as the top contender to win the championship as always, and my favorite, another grand champion Asashoryu was treated as an underdog due to his erratic records in recent tournaments.

Then, it turned out that Asashoryu kept winning steadily despite his reported injuries and to my eyes, his concentration and determination in this tournament resembles so much of those in his best years around 2005!  And thanks to the huge upset of Hakuho beaten by Shotenro on Day06, now Asashoryu is on top of the leader board after Day09!  Well, commentators said that Hakuho is still the strongest figure to win this championship at the end, but I think, maybe-- just maybe-- Asashoryu is not the same as the past few tournaments...>:-)

There are still six more days left and the direct matches against top rankers are yet to come, so I'm still praying!  Go, Asashoryu!!

(and here's my favorite Asashoryu pic from the Day01 bout of this September tournament...)