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Ozeki Shodai handed Takayasu his second loss of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, cutting the outright leader's buffer to a single victory. Takayasu is now one win ahead of ozeki Asanoyama, sekiwake Terunofuji, and maegashira Tobizaru.

The three ozeki sharing top billing in the absence of a grand champion have each stumbled at times during the tournament, but all were victorious on the same day for the first time on Day 11.

Having struggled most notably of the three, Shodai (6-5) earned a much-needed result as he snapped Takayasu's nine-bout winning streak and improved his career record against the former ozeki to 12-8.

Opening with a heavy shoulder hit, he prevented Takayasu (9-2) from taking a strong grip and spun him off balance on the way to victory by thrust down. The win was Shodai's eighth straight in head-to-head meetings with Takayasu.

Terunofuji bounced back from his Day 10 upset loss to No. 3 Shimanoumi (3-8) by claiming his first career win against fellow sekiwake Takanosho (6-5) in convincing fashion.

Following a solid opening hit, Terunofuji took a grip on Takanosho's belt from behind and quickly hoisted him over the edge.

Asanoyama was in control throughout his bout against No. 4 Myogiryu (5-6), earning a comfortable win by frontal force out.

Demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki Takakeisho, who lost to Takayasu on Day 10, went to his tried-and-tested thrusting attack to drive out No. 4 Kiribayama (4-7) and improve to 7-4, just one win from the eight needed to keep his rank.

Komusubi Mitakeumi (5-6) faces an uphill battle to keep his place in the three "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna after falling to No. 2 Hokutofuji (7-4), whose big-name victims at the current meet include Takakeisho, Shodai and Takanosho.

Haru Basho: Day 11 Makuuchi Results