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Sumo Souvenirs  
Mark Buckton
Second of a two parter on sumo souvenirs - some hints on avoiding the fluff.
Chris Gould
Takamiyama's 60s / 70s successes notwithstanding Konishiki was sumo's first full-on mover and shaker from lands afar leaving Chris G to take an in-depth look at the ripples the big guy left behind when exiting the sumo pool.
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Joe Kuroda's looks back at the life and times of former yokozuna Shiranui.
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Eric IDs the true winners of the henkafest that was the Haru Basho senshuraku.
Rikishi Diary
Mark Kent
Mark Kent - English pro-wrestler and amateur heavyweight sumotori - takes his training a step further on his road to European and World sumo glory.
Heya Peek
Mark Buckton
Oitekaze Beya just to the north of Tokyo and not far from the abode of SFM's Ed-i-C falls under the microscope.
SFM Interview
Carolyn Todd
Carolyn interviews Riho Rannikmaa during his recent trip to Osaka - head of all things sumo in Estonia, friend and mentor of Baruto, this is a man with something to announce.
Sumo à la LA
Alisdair Davey
SFM's man in the shadows reports on his recent jaunt in LA, as guest of the Californian Sumo Association and SFM reporter at large.
Photo Bonanzas
Hot on the heels of the recent Ise bonanza - Haru up close and very very personal - some of our best pics to date.
Haru Basho Summary
Lon Howard
Lon wraps the Haru Basho and chucks in a few bits on the henka issues the top dogs are suffering from at present.
Sumo Menko
Ryan Laughton
Sumo cards of old brought to life once again by expert collector Ryan Laughton. None of your BBM offerings here - Pt II of III.
Natsu Ones To Watch
Carolyn Todd
Carolyn ponders the ones to watch come May and Natsu when sumo comes home to Tokyo.
Kimarite Focus
Mikko Mattila
Mikko's latest look at sumo's kimarite offers unequalled analysis and in depth explanations.
Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
On your marks, get set, go - Howard Gilbert walks us through the months ahead on the amateur calendar.
Kokugi Konnections
Todd Lambert
Click on Todd's latest selection of the best sumo sites the WWW has to offer.
Fan Debate
Facilitator - Carolyn Todd
Should it or shouldn't it? Honbasho go on the overseas road that is. See what SFM's Chris Gould and James Hawkins have to say.
SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
In this issue's cartoon bonanza, sit back and sample ST's latest artistic offerings.
Sumo Odds & Ends
SFM's interactive elements - as always includes Henka Sightings, Elevator Rikishi and Eternal Banzuke!
Let's Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan - A. S. - the face in the crowd reveals almost all - to see everything you'll have to close your eyes.
Readers' Letters
See what our readers had to say since we last hit your screens.
Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself a genuine banzuke.
  Hans Borg, who was a clear fan favorite, won the bronze.  With experience in professional wrestling, he was always eager to work the crowd, which – fueled by the atmosphere and excellent sake and beer – was more than willing to respond.

The crowd was really fired up for the men’s openweight competition, with the David and Goliath spirit to the fore.  There were at least a couple of upsets worth sending the zabuton flying, if only one was to be had, of course!  The 175 lb Trent Sabo (USA) of Oceanside Sumo Kyokai (http://www.ocean sidesumo.com/) provided one of these, by skipping round behind an opponent to win by okuridashi.  Alas, he would later run into a mighty thrust from Stoyanov, for which there does not exist a kimarite that adequately describes the speed with which he departed – and the amount of time he spent in the air while leaving – the dohyo!  In the end there would be a rematch of the heavyweight final between Byamba and Stoyanov.  Byamba would triumph again, this time without the aid of henka.  Bayanbat Davaadalai took the openweight bronze.

The ladies’ side saw only 5 women competing, with Michelle Pike (USA – lightweight) and Florence Bannout (USA – middleweight) winning their divisions unopposed.  The heavyweights saw some spirited competition, especially between
Dashdalum Sambuu (MON) and Lindsay Hood (USA).  In the end Sambuu was the stronger, winning the heavyweight and then the openweight competition. Lindsay Hood won silver in the heavyweight and bronze in the openweight competition, where Florence Bannout upset her to win the silver. Elizabeth Grey took the bronze in the women’s heavyweight competition. The full results are below.  A more in-depth report will be provided in the June SFM issue.

USA Sumo Open 2007 Results

Mens Lightweight
Gold Munkhjargal Ulziibayar
Erdenebileg Alagdaa
Valentin Gogov Bulgaria

Mens Middleweight
Gold Zoljargal Ulziisaikhan
Dan Kalbfleisch USA
Fausto GobbiItaly

Mens Heavyweight
Gold Byambajav Ulambayar Mongolia
Petar Stoyanov Bulgaria
Hans Borg Norway
Mens Openweight
Gold Byambajav Ulambayar Mongolia
Petar Stoyanov Bulgaria
Bayanbat Davaadalai Mongolia

Womens Lightweight
Gold Michelle Pike USA

Womens Middleweight
Gold Florence Bannout USA

Womens Heavyweight
Gold Dashdalum Sambuu Mongolia
Lindsay Hood USA
Elizabeth Gray USA

Womens Openweight
Gold Dashdalum Sambuu Mongolia
Florence Bannout USA
Lindsay Hood USA

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