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Feb 20, 2016

Matsumoto, Shishime nab titles

Kaori Matsumoto and Ai Shishime won their respective weight categories Friday, giving Japan two gold medals on the opening day of the Judo Grand Prix. London Olympic gold medalist Matsumoto took the 57-kg title with an ippon victory over her French foe Helene Receveaux ...

Feb 9, 2016

Ailing Riner may need shoulder surgery

France’s Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner could have to undergo surgery on a painful shoulder injury next week, his coach told AFP on Tuesday. Franck Chambily said Riner had a small piece of cartilage that was pushing on a tendon at the top of ...

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

Feb 8, 2016

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

Hisayoshi Harasawa, Daiki Nishiyama and Megumi Tachimoto won their respective weight categories at the Judo Grand Slam on Sunday. In the men’s division on the final day of the meet, Harasawa won the over-100 kg title and Nishiyama the 90 kg, while Tachimoto was ...

Feb 7, 2016

Ebinuma, Shishime capture Grand Slam Paris judo titles

Masashi Ebinuma won the men’s 66-kg division in the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, along with Toru Shishime who triumphed in the 60-kg category. Ebinuma overcame reigning world champion An Ba-ul of South Korea by ippon in the quarterfinals, bettered Frenchman Kilian Le Blouch ...

Jan 12, 2016

London bronze medalist Nishiyama ends career

Judoka Masashi Nishiyama, who won a bronze medal in the men’s 90-kg division at the 2012 London Olympics, will retire, his corporate sponsor announced Tuesday. “I feel proud to have been able to compete against my world rivals on such a high level as ...

Dec 6, 2015

Harasawa triumphs over Shichinohe to earn over 100-kg title

Hisayoshi Harasawa eked out a narrow final win over Ryu Shichinohe to secure the men’s over 100-kg division title on the final day of the Tokyo Grand Slam on Sunday. Harasawa needed extra time to beat Shichinohe and lift his first championship after both ...

Judoka Arai uses mental toughness to defeat Ono, earn title

Dec 5, 2015

Judoka Arai uses mental toughness to defeat Ono, earn title

Chizuru Arai came back from three shido penalties down to defeat Yoko Ono in the women’s 70-kg division on Saturday on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam. The 22-year-old Arai won her second championship after Ono squandered the advantage by receiving three ...

Nov 8, 2015

Teenager Wolf bags Kodokan Cup 100-kg title

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Wolf won the men’s 100-kg division on Sunday, the final day of the Kodokan Cup at Chiba Port Arena. Born to an American father and Japanese mother, the Japanese-speaking Wolf won the title for the first time after earning a comeback ippon ...

Nov 7, 2015

Asahina nabs Kodokan Cup winner's trophy for third straight year

Nineteen-year-old Sara Asahina won her third straight Kodokan Cup on Saturday after claiming the women’s over-78-kg class at Chiba Port Arena. Shori Hamada prevailed in all her four 78-kg bouts by ippon to clinch her first title, and national team coach Mitsutoshi Nanjo looked ...

Oct 2, 2015

Abe, Oshima nab titles in Tashkent

Hifumi Abe and Yuma Oshima secured titles on the first day of the Judo Grand Prix event on Thursday. Abe, the 18-year-old 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, beat China’s Ma Duanbin by ippon in the 66-kg category, taking just 36 seconds to win ...

Aug 31, 2015

Japan earns team sweeps on final day at worlds

Japan concluded the World Judo Championships in style on Sunday, winning both the men’s and women’s team competitions at the same meet for the first time. The Japanese women, led by 52-kg chamnpion Misato Nakamura, prevailed for the first time in two years after ...