In Japan, heavyweight Sumo wrestlers have been competing for the sport's most coveted trophy, the Emperor's Cup.
SV Wakhanohana throws salt into ring before start of match.
SV Kitamoumi throws salt into ring.
GV Contestants commence bout and wrestle. Kitanoumi pushes Wakhanohana over line marking edge of ring. (6 SHOTS)
SV Contestants return to their corners.
SV Wajima throws salt into ring.
GV Wajima and Takanohana steady themselves for start of bout.
SV Wajima and Takanohana wrestle. Wajima wins bout using Yorikiri technique. (2 SHOTS)
SV One of contestants look on as Wajima returns to position in ring and bows to opponent. (2 SHOTS)
SV Man announces Wajima's Cup win.
SCU Wajima bows as audience applaud.
GVs Wajima receives cup and bows to crowd. (2 SHOTS)
SPORT: SUMO WRESTLING
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Background: In Japan, heavyweight Sumo wrestlers have been competing for the sport's most coveted trophy, the Emperor's Cup. The final bouts were held in Tokyo on Sunday (23 November), with three Yokozuna (Grand Champions) among the contestants. In more than two thousand years off Sumo history, only 57 wrestlers have been awarded the tittle of Yokozuna. The participation of three such title-holders in Sunday's final is an indication of the high standard of performance.
SYNOPSIS: Wakhanohana was pitted against fellow Grand Champion Kitanoumi. But, before the wrestling could begin, ancient rituals were observed. Each contestant scatters a handful of purifying salt into the arena while pounding the floor and glaring at his opponent in an attempt to gain a psychological and tactical advantage. As the referee gives the word, the rivals spring forward for the initial clash. A bout is won either by throwing an opponent out of the ring or by downing him inside it. The average time required for a bout is ten seconds -very few go on for over a minute. Any one of 68 recognised techniques can be used to defeat a rival. In this bout Kitanoumi won with the 'Yorikiri' throw.
Grand Champion Wajima began his preparations for a bout against Takanohana, who holds the lesser title of Ozeki - Champion.
This time the contest was shorter and Wajima won with the same throw, catching his opponent off balance at the edge of the ring. A lack of emotion is the Keynote of Sumo wrestling and Wajima observed the traditional custom in assuming an air of modesty as his victory was announced.
Wajima and Washanohana both achieved the same tournament score, but Wajima was judged the overall winner. He received the appropriately large Emperor's Cup, his deadpan acceptance of the prize a sharp contrast to Western sportsmen's enthusiastic reactions to victory.