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Sumo: Title-chasing Ura forced to pull out with ankle injury

Ura. (Photo courtesy of Japan Sumo Association/Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- No. 6 maegashira Ura was forced to abandon his title chase at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, pulling out with a left ankle injury.

    The 29-year-old was hurt during his defeat to sekiwake Abi on Friday. Ura's record dropped to 9-4 after 13 days of action at Ryogoku Kokugikan but he still had a chance to lift the Emperor's Cup with the three leaders tied at 10-3.

    Ura will lose his bout on Saturday by default to end the meet with a 9-5 record. His opponent sekiwake Wakatakakage will secure a winning record with a day to spare at 8-6.

    This marks the 13th time Ura, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, has pulled out of a meet.

    Right knee injuries forced him to spend two lengthy spells on the sidelines and saw him drop down to the fifth-tier jonidan division, before he bounced back and returned to the top-tier makuuchi division at the Nagoya meet last July.

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