Takakeisho, who entered the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a shot at promotion to yokozuna, fell to his fourth straight loss, this time to rank-and-file opponent Takarafuji.

The ozeki went to his trusted pushing and thrusting techniques in the final bout of Day 4, but could not keep No. 2 maegashira Takarafuji directly in front of him. After catching Takakeisho by the arm, Takarafuji (2-2) quickly sent him and his hopes for yokozuna promotion tumbling with an overarm throw.

The other two ozeki rebounded from Day 3 losses with convincing victories.

Asanoyama dominated previously unbeaten No. 3 Onosho to improve to 2-2. The powerfully built Takasago stable grappler secured an underarm grip at the jump before driving Onosho (3-1) straight out.

Shodai (3-1) got back on track after his first defeat by manhandling up-and-coming No. 3 Kotoshoho (0-4). The ozeki absorbed a heavy opening hit from the imposing youngster before locking him up by the arm and shoving him out.

Ozeki slayer Daieisho continued his outstanding tournament by adding komusubi Mitakeumi to his list of victims. The No. 1 maegashira, who beat each of the ozeki over the first three days, remained perfect at 4-0 after driving Mitakeumi (2-2) over the straw with a relentless pushing and thrusting attack.

Sekiwake Takanosho improved to 3-1 by slapping down No. 1 Hokutofuji (1-3). The maegashira opened with a hard charge, but Takanosho held his ground before slinging Hokutofuji to the clay.

Komusubi Takayasu (2-2) continued his recent dominance over fellow former ozeki Terunofuji (2-2), yanking the sekiwake off balance and slapping him from the dohyō.

Hatsu Basho: Day 4 Makuuchi Results