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大相撲五月場所13日目。白鵬はやっぱり別格だった!:古屋美枝さんの相撲ブログ vol.25

2016.05.21

《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.25》 

全国の相撲ファンの夢と希望を背負った、稀勢の里の13日目結びの一番。
ここで白鵬に勝てば、初優勝と横綱昇進が一気に近づく、というところでしたが…。

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稀勢の里は負けてしまいました。
でも本当、いい相撲だった。
立ち合い、白鵬は右を張り、稀勢の里得意の左差し右上手に。
左四つ!
稀勢の里の型だから、これはもう稀勢の里の流れかと思いきや、白鵬はまわしを切りながらの下手投げで、見事稀勢の里を下しました。
白鵬、本当に偉大過ぎる…。
あえて相手の得意の四つに組みに行ったのかな。
それでも圧勝なんて、近年「白鵬は全盛期を過ぎた」なんて声が聞かれるけど、現役力士の中で力飛び抜け過ぎだから!
白鵬を超えなければ横綱になれない、とかだったら、もう誰も横綱になれないと思う。

改めて、白鵬のすごさを思い知らされた一番だったけど、もちろん、稀勢の里の相撲内容も良かったと思います。
稀勢の里、残りの横綱戦を2番勝ったら、それでも横綱昇進はあるのかな?
諦めないで気持ちをキープして、頑張ってほしいです!

 

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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May Tournament, Day 13: Hakuho really is something special!

Mie Furuya’s Sumo Blog, Vol. 25

And so, Kisenosato entered the final match of Day 13 carrying the hopes and dreams of an entire nation on his shoulders. A win against Hakuho, and the path towards his first tournament title and yokozuna promotion would be all but clear. And yet…

Kisenosato lost. However, he really contributed to a great match.

Hakuho may have clobbered him with an open right at the jump-off, but Kise still managed to latch onto Hakuho’s belt with his left hand and secure an over-arm grip with his right. And so it became a pure belt battle – game on! As Kise had secured his favored fighting stance, I thought he would dictate the pace from there on, but Hakuho simply broke his grip, established an under-arm hold of his own and put Kise down to the clay with a magnificent throw.

Hakuho is just simply majestic. He probably even let Kise establish his favored grip simply to test himself… and still ended up crushing his foe! There has been much talk of Hakuho having “passed his peak” in recent years, but he’s still easily the strongest sumo wrestler on the stage today. If a rikishi had to better Hakuho in order to become a yokozuna, I’m sure nobody would make the grade!

Yes, it was a match which hammered home Hakuho’s brilliance, but it was also one in which Kisenosato gave a very good account of himself. And if Kise can knock over the other two yokozuna on Saturday and Sunday, might that not still be enough to gain promotion?

I hope that rather than simply cave in, he keeps his spirits raised for one final assault.

 

Mie Furuya, Premium Japan’s Official Sumo Columnist

Mie Furuya has been an avid sumo-watcher since attending live sumo at the Kokugikan with her parents as a child. Brought up as a “natural sumo fan,” she continues to live her life around sumo during tournaments. Mie’s other passions include surfing and oyster bars. She also writes extensively on beauty care.

 

English translation/Chris Gould

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