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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 ...

May 30, 2011

Fukimi, Sato capture judo golds

Former world champion Tomoko Fukumi won the women’s 48-kg gold medal while Aiko Sato prevailed in the 57-kg class at the Moscow Grand Slam on Saturday. Fukumi, who was denied consecutive world gold medals last September by Haruna Asami, toppled Russia’s Nataliya Kondratyeva while ...

May 2, 2011

Ishii rips through U.S. judo nationals

Mixed martial artist Satoshi Ishii shredded the competition on Saturday, defeating all of his opponents by ippon in the men’s open category at the judo U.S. national weight class championships. Competing in the sport for the first time since winning the over-100 kg title ...

Apr 18, 2011

Sugimoto claims first national title

Double world champion Mika Sugimoto scored an ippon against Kumiko Hagiwara in the open weight category final to claim her first crown at the women’s national championship on Sunday. The 26-year-old Sugimoto, who won world titles at over-78 kg and in the open weight ...

Apr 4, 2011

Victor Yamagishi misses judo spot

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Emi Yamagishi overcame defending champion Tomoko Fukumi and world champion Haruna Asami in winning the women’s 48-kg category at the national weight class judo championships Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to book a spot on this summer’s world championships team. On the ...

Apr 3, 2011

Kamikawa nabs title at national meet

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) World open-category judo champion Daiki Kamikawa captured his first national invitational title Saturday, scoring an ippon victory over Keiji Suzuki with one second left in the over-100 kg final. In a rematch of the 2010 final, Kamikawa countered the Athens Olympic gold ...

Mar 17, 2011

Putin invites judo team to Russia

MOSCOW (Kyodo) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has invited the Japanese national judo team to train in Russia following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan last Friday. Speaking to Russian news services at his estate outside Moscow on Tuesday, Putin, who ...