New komusubi Onosato handed demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki Kirishima his fourth defeat Thursday, the fifth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, where three maegashira share the lead with 5-0 records.

Needing eight wins to remain in sumo's second-highest rank, Kirishima (1-4) quickly seized a left underarm belt hold but enjoyed little advantage against a physically superior Onosato (4-1), who had no trouble grappling the ozeki toward the edge at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

While Onosato's feet touched outside the straw bales first as he executed a "yoritaoshi" crush-out, Kirishima by then was already airborne outside the raised ring with no chance of recovery.

Kotozakura (4-1) won his fourth straight bout under his new ring name, crushing out Tobizaru (2-3). Kotozakura kept the nimble No. 3 rank-and-filer under control and spun him around before seizing a belt hold with both hands en route to the win.

Onosato (back) defeats Kirishima on the fifth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on May 16, 2024. (Kyodo)

Ozeki Hoshoryu (3-2) won his third straight bout to get back on track at the 15-day meet, giving a slap to the face of Gonoyama (2-3) before emphatically forcing the No. 2 maegashira out in a flash.

No. 4 maegashira Ura (5-0) drove in low and swiftly pushed Nishikigi (1-4) to the edge before opting to pull the No. 7 maegashira down. The decision looked dodgy against his much larger opponent, but the diminutive trickster successfully swung him down to defeat.

No. 7 maegashira Mitakeumi (5-0) was made to play a waiting game against Meisei (3-2), who was busy in search of an opening and secured a firm left underarm belt hold. But the former ozeki brought the No. 5 maegashira to a halt before grappling him out in a show of strength.

Veteran No. 16 maegashira Takarafuji also improved to 5-0.

No. 1 maegashira Daieisho (4-1) won a feisty battle of pusher-thrusters against sekiwake Abi (3-2), while the other sekiwake, Wakamotoharu (3-2), dispatched up-and-coming top-ranked maegashira Atamifuji (2-3) with an overarm throw.

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