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/ May 24, 2015

Tashiro, Takato triumph in Morocco

Miku Tashiro won the women’s judo 63-kg class on Saturday, the first day of the World Masters Rabat meet. Tashiro defeated Kathrin Unterwurzacher of Austria in the final of the event in Morocco’s capital that is open athletes ranked in the top 16 in ...

/ Apr 29, 2015

Harasawa defeats Shichinohe to win judo national championship

Hisayoshi Harasawa won his first national judo championship title by beating world silver medalist Ryu Shichinohe in the final at Tokyo’s Budokan on Wednesday. In the traditional annual tournament held on Showa Day to honor the previous emperor’s birthday, the 22-year-old Harasawa went one ...

Tachimoto claims title at nationals

/ Apr 19, 2015

Tachimoto claims title at nationals

Judoka Megumi Tachimoto defeated rival Kanae Yamabe with a flag decision in the final to win her first career title at the women’s national championship on Sunday. Tachimoto, 26, beat Yamabe, 24, the same opponent she lost to in last year’s final in the ...

Ebinuma picks up more judo gold

/ Apr 5, 2015

Ebinuma picks up more judo gold

Three-time judo world champion Masashi Ebinuma defeated Kengo Takaichi in the men’s 66-kg final at the national invitational weight-class championships on Sunday. The 25-year-old Ebinuma beat Takaichi on points at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to claim his first title in three years and fourth overall ...

Judoka Asami captures 48-kg national title by beating Kondo

/ Apr 4, 2015

Judoka Asami captures 48-kg national title by beating Kondo

Former world champion Haruna Asami defeated reigning world champion Ami Kondo in the woman’s 48-kg weight category at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Saturday. The 26-year-old Asami beat the 19-year-old Kondo on points for her first title in two years and second ...

Ex-Olympic judo champ Saito dies

/ Jan 20, 2015

Ex-Olympic judo champ Saito dies

Hitoshi Saito, a two-time Olympic judo champion and head of the All Japan Judo Federation’s committee for enhancement, died of intrahepatic bile duct cancer Tuesday in Osaka, an AJJF official said. He was 54. Saito won gold medals at two consecutive Olympic Games, in ...

Japan claims two golds in judo

/ | Sep 22, 2014

Japan claims two golds in judo

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Japan took two of the top podium spots of the five gold medals on offer in the judo competition, but still fell below expectations at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday. On the third day of competition, perhaps the most intriguing ...

/ Sep 1, 2014

Japan wins team title at judo worlds

World silver medalist Ryu Shichinohe pulled off a dramatic ippon win at over 100 kg to clinch victory for Japan’s men’s team in the final over local favorite Russia at the world judo championships on Sunday. The Japanese squad, which beat Russia by a ...