March 25, 2007

Haru Basho big finish

Asashouryu (11-2) defeated Hakuhou (12-1) on Saturday, leaving them tied 12-2 going into the final bouts on Sunday. They both handily defeated their respective opponents--Chiyotaikai (the loss delivering him a disappointing 7-8 record) and Kotooshu--in regular play. Then in an all-Mongolian tiebreaker Hakuhou decisively beat Asashouryu to capture the crown (and the arena was filled with flying seat cushions).