[sumo] Weigh-in training and other news from Moti
Barbara Ann Klein
baklein at attglobal.net
Sat Aug 27 13:09:34 EDT 2011
The new Banzuke will be announced on Monday. If you play GTB (Guess the
Banzuke) the deadline is tonight.
The rikishi had their checkups today, where they get weighed, among other
things. Heaviest rikishi- Sandanme Russian Oorora- at a hearty 273 kilos.
Heaviest Makuuchi- Georgian Gagamaru at 198.7, down from 200. "It's because
I'm not eating breakfast.." he explained. Lightest sekitori- probably
newmaku Takanoyama the Czech at 98 kilos. If he does get promoted, it will
be the first time since 1997 (Mainoumi) that we'll have an under 100 kilo
Makuuchi fighter. He is only one of four since weights were recorded that
are under 100 in Makuuchi, one of the four being eventual Yokozuna
Chiyonofuji. "Not much huh? I'll eat as much as I possibly can to add to my
weight," he said. He is 9 kilos less (!!) than when last weighed in February
Heatwave? Who knows. I have an exclusive photo showing he may have cheated
and added half a kilo.That purse..
"If I do get promoted, I will be sending my parents the banzuke. The last
time I sent them a banzuke was so long ago I don't remember when it was. I
marked my name on it so they can see, but the letters were so small it was
sad. This time, the letters will be much bigger, and I think my parents can
recognize my shikona by now..," said Takanoyama after keiko yesterday. If he
does get the promotion, he will be only the third rikishi to pass through
Juryo in one basho since the 6-basho system was established in 1958.
Sekiwake Kisenosato says he is in good shape. "I guess I'm in good shape,"
as he put it. He has been training at Naruto beya's Aomori camp since the
beginning of August and did so till the 20th. Usually during this time,
there is some jungyo somewhere and he never actually participated in the
whole camp. Due to the yaocho-related cancellation of all jungyos this year
this has changed. " I've finally succeeded in entering the camp from start
to finish. Just that fact makes me feel good. I've been training in a great
environment so I really hope the results will show..," he said.
"A tachi-ai henka is a technique. Guys with small bodies like mine have to
make use of it occasionally. Not too often, but still," said Kakuryuu a few
days ago. He is not leaving the heya at all-staying in and watching TV and
DVDs and training with his heya-mates. He had a training session which was
closed to the public at home. It is said he had more than 30 bouts with the
young apprentices of the heya. "I shall do serious keiko, build up my body,
and try to avoid injury," he templated.
Yokozuna aspirant Harumafuji is also staying in and training mostly against
heyamates Takarafuji and Homarefuji, usually beating them all the time. The
heatwave is bothering him, as he has been constantly complaining about it."I
m not in bad shape. Suriashi, teppole, and shiko- I'll be doing a lot of the
basics!!" he boasted.
Harumafuji making some tegatas:
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