Sole leader and No. 15 maegashira Atamifuji recorded a superb win over komusubi Tobizaru to open a two-win lead after 11 days of action at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday when his closest rival, No. 7 Takayasu, fell to his third defeat.

Atamifuji (10-1), ranked on the third lowest rung of sumo's elite makuuchi division, grabbed a left overarm belt hold straight away before quickly reeling off an emphatic throw to upend Tobizaru (5-6) as the 21-year-old continued his remarkable run at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Wrestling in sumo's top flight for the second time in his career after going 4-11 in November, Atamifuji has competed in the second-tier juryo division in the past four grand tournaments.

No. 15 maegashira Atamifuji (front) defeats komusubi Tobizaru on the 11th day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sept. 20, 2023. (Kyodo)

Takayasu (8-3), who lost to Atamifuji on Tuesday and seemed to have hurt his leg in the process, showed little resistance as the former ozeki was shoved out by sekiwake Daieisho (7-4) in a damaging defeat.

Demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki Takakeisho (8-3), meanwhile, secured the eight wins he needed to remain at sumo's second highest rank by overpowering sekiwake Wakamotoharu (6-5).

Takakeisho kept his title hopes alive as his shoves to the body proved too much for Wakamotoharu, who was thrust down at the edge of the raised ring by a left-hand push. Takakeisho, however, appeared to be feeling some discomfort in his left elbow afterward.

No. 16 Tsurugisho (8-3) also remained in the title race and secured a winning record. He knocked Hokutofuji (7-4) off balance with blows to the face before slapping the No. 1 down to the clay.

Another kadoban ozeki, Kirishima (7-4), needs just one more win to secure his rank for November's grand tournament. He withstood pressure from new sekiwake Kotonowaka (6-5) and secured belt holds with both hands en route to a force-out win.

New ozeki Hoshoryu (5-6) forced Takanosho (5-6) to the edge before the No. 4's late drive left him backpedaling. The nephew of former yokozuna Asashoryu, however, had the leeway he needed to execute an armlock throw for a win that was confirmed following a discussion by the ringside judges.

Two wrestlers failed to secure their eighth win. No. 6 Onosho (7-4) was floored by an overarm throw from No. 13 Myogiryu (7-4) and No. 10 Endo (7-4) was pushed down by No. 5 Gonoyama (7-4).

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