Akebono Tar?

Takanonami suffers surprise loss

Tokyo: Yokozunas (grand champions) Takanohana and Akebono both won, but ozeki (champion) Takanonami suffered an upset yesterday, opening day of the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Monday, 8 September, 1997, 12:00am

Akebono retains unbeaten record

AMERICAN Akebono, the only unbeaten wrestler, pushed out lower-ranked Takatoriki yesterday, while Wakanohana suffered his second upset with four days left in the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka.

One bout behind yokozuna (grand champion) Akebono at 10-1 were yokozuna Takanohana and American ozeki (champion) Musashimaru.

23 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Three's company at top

AMERICAN Musashimaru pushed out fellow ozeki (champion) Wakanohana, leaving himself tied with American Akebono and Takanonami at 9-1 with five days left in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

One bout behind at 8-2 were newly-promoted yokozuna (grand champion) Takanohana, his brother Wakanohana, and number 11 maegashira (senior wrestler) Daishoho.

18 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Little Davids battle Goliath

THESE are not Davids and Goliath. They are children from several local primary schools who screwed up their courage to challenge Akebono, the 207 kg grand champion rikishi (sumo wrestler), at the Hongkong Coliseum during a sumo tournament last weekend.

15 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Sumo 'big-shots' on target for charity

JAPAN'S top sumo wrestlers yesterday raised $250,000 for the Community Chest in a Noon-Day Gun firing which was sponsored by seven Japanese firms in the territory.

Grand champion Akebono fired the Jardines gun, watched by colleagues and the corporate sponsors.

9 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Akebono bounces back in grand style

TOWERING grand champion Akebono stamped his authority on the Sumo in Hongkong tournament by bouncing back from an early defeat to win the overall crown at the Hongkong Coliseum yesterday.

Akebono, the world's only yokozuna (grand champion), convincingly captured Saturday's tournament with none of his five opponents lasting more than 10 seconds in the ring with him.

8 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Akebono brings weight to bear on first tournament

HAWAII-BORN Akebono justified his recent promotion to yokozuna (grand champion) with a convincing triumph in the first of two sumo tournaments at the Hongkong Coliseum last night.

None of Akebono's first four opponents - Kyokudozan, Mitoizumi, Tamakairiki and Takamisugi - lasted more than three seconds in the ring as he bulldozed his way to the final.

7 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Sumo rising star sets the ringside rumbling

ALL over Japan last week, Japanese devotees of the national sport were muttering to themselves that ''Sumo wasn't Sumo anymore''.

In the Land of the Rising Sun, an outsider who had taken the Japanese name ''Sun Rising'' had become the first foreign grand champion, or yokuzuna, in the 1,200-year recorded history of the sport.

30 Jan 1993 - 12:00am