Fearless bullfights entertain 4000 onlookers

Fearless bullfights entertain 4000 onlookers

Nakamura Gensui fighting against the former champion Iramina Assou Daishingeki to become the strongest bull on the island. (Photograph taken by Chieko Gushiken)

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 107th Spring Island-Wide Bullfight was held at the multipurpose dome in Ishikawa, Uruma City on May 14. A total of 24 excellent bulls were selected from the 19 bullfight associations in the prefecture. The bulls waged savage battles and entertained the audience. In the three major title matches, Nakamura Gensui beat the previous champion, Iramina Assou Daishingeki, in the open-weight category to take the title of the strongest bull on the island. In the medium-weight title, in which bulls under 970 kilo grams compete, Hentona Gyu became the new champion, beating the undefeated champion of 13 years Tosho Hayate. In the light-weight title, which is for bulls under 850 kilo grams, Ryushin Ikki successfully retained his title from the last competition. Approximately 4000 people gathered at the venue and enjoyed the heated battles between the strong bulls.

During the match of Shi, the open-weight category of which the winner is determined the strongest bull on the island, the heavist bull Nakamura Gensui beat the previous champion Iramina Assou Daishingeki. The 1050 kilogram bull finished the successful battle within 13 minutes 14 seconds.

From the middle-weight class, a young hope Hentona Gyu bravely challenged Tosho Hayate, winning the tough match after 19 minutes and 26 seconds.

In the light-weight class, an unpredictable battle, Ryushin Ikki managed to defend his previous championship from two years ago.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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