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大相撲初場所千秋楽。ついに琴奨菊が初優勝!:古屋美枝さんの相撲ブログ vol.17

2016.01.25

《プレミアムジャパン公式相撲キュレーター古屋美枝さんの相撲ブログvol.17》 

琴奨菊がやってくれました!
日本出身力士の10年ぶりの優勝です。

1敗の琴奨菊、2敗の白鵬と豊ノ島で迎えた千秋楽。
琴奨菊が勝てばそのまま優勝、琴奨菊が負けて他の2人のどちらかが勝てば優勝決定戦です。

sumo17_1まず、豊ノ島は栃煌山に突き出しで敗れ3敗目。
でも豊ノ島、今場所は殊勲賞も受賞し、大健闘でした。

そしてついに琴奨菊-豪栄道!

sumo17_2懸賞の数もすごい!

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そしていつもどおりの琴バウアー!

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立ち合い低く当たって左を差し、右を抱えてがぶった琴奨菊。
最後は突き落としで勝負を決めました。

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ここで琴奨菊の初優勝が決まりました。

場内、大歓声!

10年前の初場所で栃東が優勝して以来の、日本出身力士の優勝です。
長かったなぁ…。

 

結びは日馬富士-白鵬。

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毎場所、熱戦となるこの一番ですが、日馬富士の上手投げにあっけなく両手をついた白鵬。
優勝の可能性がなくなり、集中力が途切れちゃったのかな?
なんかこの写真、日馬富士が白鵬に「大丈夫か!?」って声かけてるみたい…。

あ、そして、結び前の一番、鶴竜-稀勢の里では、稀勢の里が素晴らしい相撲で鶴竜を寄り切ったんだった!

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まぁ、残念ながら優勝には関係ありませんけど…。

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東の花道を引き上げてくる琴奨菊。
万感胸に迫り来る、といった表情です。

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そして初めて天皇賜杯を抱く琴奨菊。

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インタビュー中、花道に控える付け人さんたちも嬉しそう!

千秋楽恒例のNHKサンデースポーツでは、岩盤浴とジブリでメンタルをケアしていると話していました。
意外と女子っぽい♡
家族が壁になり、支えてくれた、という話もよかったなぁ。

本当におめでとう、琴奨菊!

 

古屋美枝

相撲ウォッチャー・美容ライター。両親の影響で、幼少のころから東京場所のときは国技館で観戦。ナチュラルに相撲ファンとして育ち、現在も場所中は相撲を第一に生活。ほかライフワークはサーフィンと牡蠣の食べあるき。

 

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Mie Furuya, Premium Japan’s Official Sumo Columnist

Blog #17

January 25th 2016

January tournament finale: Kotoshogiku finally gets a title!

 

Kotoshogiku did it! He has become the first Japanese-born wrestler in ten years to win sumo’s top-division championship!

Kotoshogiku headed into the final day with just one loss from 14, closely trailed by both Hakuho and Toyonoshima with two losses apiece. The equation was simple. Win his final match, and Kotoshogiku would be crowned champion. Lose, and a win for either Hakuho or Toyonoshima would force a playoff.

Toyonoshima was up first, and blew his title chances with a thrust-out defeat at the hands of Tochiozan. Nevertheless, he had made a fantastic effort throughout the tournament and deservedly walked away with the Outstanding Performance Prize.

Then came the one we had all been waiting for: Kotoshogiku versus Goeido.

Look at the number of sponsored banners! Amazing!

Then came Kotoshogiku’s trademark pre-fight “chest-puffing” pose.

At the tachi-ai, Kotoshogiku latched onto Goeido’s belt with his left, hugged his opponent with his right, and launched into his signature “bouncing force-out” move. He then changed tack to win the match by a “thrust-over!”

And that was the moment at which he sealed his first-ever top-division championship!

The hall simply erupted!

After all, he had become the first home-grown fighter to capture the top-division crown since Tochiazuma in 2006 – almost exactly ten years to the day!

It was an almighty long wait!

The final match saw Hakuho face off against fellow Yokozuna Harumafuji.

These match-ups usually result in epic tussles, but on this occasion, Harumafuji sent Hakuho sprawling almost instantly with a deft overarm throw.

With the contest having been rendered a mere irrelevance after Kotoshogiku’s win, one wonders if Hakuho simply lost focus.

When you look at this photograph, it’s as if Harumafuji is asking Hakuho whether he is alright!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the penultimate match which saw home favorite Kisenosato destroy Yokozuna Kakuryu with a fabulous force out! It was a shame that such heroic efforts had no bearing on the title race!

Here, Kotoshogiku can be seen walking back up the aisle to the East-side changing room, looking as if a thousand emotions were thronging on his heart.

And here he is placing his hands on his maiden Emperor’s Cup.

While Kotoshogiku fields questions in the winner’s interview, his sumo attendants look almost as happy as he is!

During his obligatory appearance on the NHK Sunday Sports TV show that evening, Kotoshogiku revealed that he soothes his mind by bedrock bathing and watching Studio Ghibli animations. He also impressed when referring to his family as his “bedrock of support.”

Three cheers for Champion Kotoshogiku!

 

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