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Sumo Summit Major 15-day sumo tournaments, like this one last month in Fukuoka, Japan, occur six times a year. The elite sumotori wrestle daily in matches that can pit a 500-pound man against a 250-pounder

Dec. 24, 2001
Dec. 24, 2001

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Sumo Summit Major 15-day sumo tournaments, like this one last month in Fukuoka, Japan, occur six times a year. The elite sumotori wrestle daily in matches that can pit a 500-pound man against a 250-pounder

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TWO COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB MARTIN THE RIKISHI (wrestlers) gather for the tournament's opening ceremony, the Dohyo-iri. Then it's on to the shikiri, or stare-down.TWO COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB MARTIN THE GRAPPLING lasts until a rikishi is forced from the ring or falls. Musashimaru gets Asashoryu (below) both ways.THREE COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB MARTIN OGINISHIKI (in green) uses yoritaoshi, one of 82 sumo techniques, to throw Tokitsuumi from the ring.