Joint leaders Hakuho and Terunofuji continued their unbeaten march at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, brushing aside rank-and-file opponents to improve to a perfect 10-0.

Yokozuna Hakuho took another step toward a record 45th Emperor's Cup by dispatching No. 5 maegashira Okinoumi in the final bout of Day 10 at Dolphins Arena.

Grand champion Hakuho (R) defeats Okinoumi on the 10th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Dolphins Arena in Nagoya, central Japan, on July 13, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Promotion-seeking ozeki Terunofuji, meanwhile, racked up double-digit wins for the fifth straight tournament with an easy victory over No. 4 Chiyotairyu.

Having missed all or part of the previous six tournaments before knee surgery in March, Hakuho has dispelled doubts about his condition at the 15-day meet.

The Mongolian-born great had no trouble forcing out Okinoumi (5-5), grabbing his belt from the jump and taking him straight to the edge. He now holds a 24-1 career record against the maegashira.

In the penultimate bout, Terunofuji had a virtually effortless force-out victory over Chiyotairyu (2-8), who was apparently expecting the referee to signal a false start.

After winning back-to-back championships, the 29-year-old Mongolian powerhouse can earn promotion to sumo's highest rank with victory in Nagoya.

No. 11 Kotonowaka occupies the next rung on the leaderboard at 8-2. The powerfully built youngster secured his all-important eighth victory by forcing out No. 17 Ichiyamamoto (7-3), who is on the verge of a winning record in his top-division debut.

"My body feels strong. I'm feeling good and just concentrating on what I need to do," Kotonowaka said.

Promotion-chasing ozeki Terunofuji (R) defeats Chiyotairyu on the 10th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Dolphins Arena in Nagoya, central Japan, on July 13, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Ozeki Shodai (6-4) earned his third straight win by downing sekiwake Mitakeumi, who came into the bout with a 13-9 advantage in head-to-head meetings.

Normally strong off the mark, Mitakeumi (6-4) delivered a lackluster opening hit against Shodai, who stood firm before executing a slap down.

Sekiwake Takayasu improved to 6-2-2 following a frenetic encounter with new komusubi Wakatakakage (3-7).

Giving up some 60 kilograms, the speedy Wakatakakage stayed on the move against Takayasu, who managed to pull the komusubi down while backpedaling.

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