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Feb 6, 2012

Fukumi claims judo victory in Paris

Tomoko Fukumi continued to build her case for this summer’s London Olympics, outclassing Brazil’s Sarah Menezes in the 48-kg final to win the Grand Slam Paris judo title on Saturday. Fukumi, who defeated Haruna Asami for the World Masters title last month after losing ...

Dec 13, 2011

Japanese judoka disappoint at meet

Japan saw yet another disappointing campaign in the men’s two heaviest categories at the Grand Slam Tokyo meet Sunday but won all three women’s titles on offer. Takamasa Anai, ranked first in the world in the 100-kg class, was eliminated in the semifinals by ...

Dec 12, 2011

Women judoka excel while the men fall in heavyweight divisions

Japan saw yet another disappointing campaign in the men’s two heaviest categories at the Grand Slam Tokyo meet Sunday but won all three women’s titles on offer. Takamasa Anai, ranked first in the world in the 100-kg class, was eliminated in the semifinals by ...

Dec 11, 2011

Japanese men dominate judo meet

Japanese men triumphed in all three judo weight classes contested Saturday at the Grand Slam Tokyo meet, making it 5-for-5 after two days of competition. Hiroyuki Akimoto snapped a yearlong title drought with a win over Russia’s Mansur Isaev in the 73-kg final at ...

Aug 30, 2011

No gold for Japan in team judo event

Japan had to settle for a silver medal in the women’s team event while the men could only manage a bronze as host France swept both events on the final day of the World Judo Championships on Sunday. Japan’s women beat Britain 5-0 in ...

Aug 28, 2011

Nishiyama advances to 90-kg final

Daiki Nishiyama defeated compatriot Takashi Ono to secure a final berth in the men’s 90-kg class at the World Judo Championships on Friday. The 20-year-old Nishiyama, the 2010 runnerup at the Tokyo meet, scored a “yuko” point to beat Ono in their semifinal match ...

Aug 28, 2011

Nomura's Olympic bid falls short

Three-time Olympic champion Tadahiro Nomura saw his hopes of competing at the 2012 London Games dashed after losing in a quarterfinal match in the men’s 60-kg class at a national corporate tournament on Saturday. Nomura, whose movement and techniques appeared sluggish throughout the match, ...

Aug 26, 2011

Nakamura leads sweep of judo titles

Misato Nakamura beat compatriot Yuka Nishida in the women’s 52-kg final while Aiko Sato captured the 57-kg gold and Riki Nakaya won the men’s 73 kg as Japan swept the three categories contested Wednesday on the second day of the world judo championships. Beijing ...

Aug 25, 2011

Asami, Ebinuma capture judo titles

Haruna Asami successfully defended her title of the women’s 48-kg class with a win over compatriot Tomoko Fukumi at the 2011 World Judo Championships on Tuesday. Asami beat Fukumi on “yusei” points, defeating her rival for the second year in a row after her ...

Jun 21, 2011

Anai triumphs at Grand Slam meet

World champion Takamasa Anai defeated Russia’s Sergey Samoylovich in the men’s 100-kg final Sunday at the Grand Slam meet in Rio de Janeiro. But Athens Olympic men’s over-100 kg gold medalist Keiji Suzuki, currently ranked sixth in the world, suffered a first-round loss to ...

Jun 20, 2011

Asami leads four judo winners in Rio

World champion Haruna Asami won the women’s 48-kg division and Japanese judoka ended up taking four of Saturday’s seven events at the Grand Slam meet in Rio de Janeiro. Asami defeated home favorite Sarah Menezes in the final. The other Japanese winners on the ...

Jun 14, 2011

Matsumoto to miss Rio judo meet

Reigning world champion Kaori Matsumoto will sit out the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Glam Slam meet, citing damaged ligaments in her right knee, the All Japan Judo Federation said on Monday. Matsumoto, who will aim to defend her second consecutive title in the women’s ...