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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 ...

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Aug 31, 2015

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura announced his retirement on Monday, saying his body has finally given in. “I began to feel my physical limit,” the 40-year-old Nomura said at a news conference. “I’ve done everything I can. I have no regrets.” Nomura, ...

Haga secures under-100-kg title at judo worlds

Aug 29, 2015

Haga secures under-100-kg title at judo worlds

Ryunosuke Haga won the men’s under-100-kg category title at the World Judo Championships n Saturday, defeating Karl-Richard Frey of Germany in the final. The bronze medals went to Belgium’s Toma Nikiforov and Dimitri Peters of Germany Teddy Riner of France the gold medal in ...

Aug 29, 2015

Three-time judo Olympic champ Nomura exits final tournament of career

Retiring three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura bowed out of his final tournament on Saturday, losing in the third round of the All-Japan Corporate Individual Championship. The 40-year-old, who on Monday announced he is retiring afterward, was knocked out after winning his first ...

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Aug 29, 2015

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Mami Umeki won the women’s 78-kg division on Friday, the fifth day of competition at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Umeki, who is making her world championships debut, defeated Slovene Anamari Velensek, last year’s world bronze medalist, by ippon to give Japan its ...

Aug 28, 2015

Japan dominating at judo worlds

Japan continued to dominate and Tina Trstenjak won Slovenia’s first-ever world title at the World Judo Championships in Kazakhstan on Thursday. Trstenjak beat reigning champion Clarisse Agbegnenou in the 63-kg final to gain revenge for her defeat to the Frenchwoman in their European gold medal ...

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Aug 27, 2015

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Takanori Nagase defeated Frenchman Loic Pietri to win the men’s under-81-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Thursday. It was Nagase’s first world title and Japan’s second gold medal in the men’s competition here following Shohei Ono’s win in the 73-kg division ...