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Oct 21, 2012

Judoka Nakamura plans long layoff

Judoka Misato Nakamura, who failed to live up to her gold medal expectations and made an early exit in the women’s 52-kg competition at the London Olympics, will take an extended break from the sport for treatment on her left knee, judo sources said ...

Jun 3, 2012

Judoka Kunihara announces retirement

Yoriko Kunihara, a two-time world bronze medalist in the women’s 70-kg class, said Saturday she is retiring from competitive judo. Kunihara, who won bronze medals at the worlds in Tokyo in 2010 and the following year in Paris but failed to qualify for the ...

Feb 21, 2012

Judoka Suzuki falls in semifinals

Keiji Suzuki suffered a setback in his bid for a spot in the London Olympics after losing in the semifinals at the hands of unheralded Georgian Adam Okruashvili in the men’s over-100-kg class on the final day of the Judo Grand Prix Dusseldorf on ...

Feb 7, 2012

Tachimoto sisters capture judo gold

Haruka and Megumi Tachimoto struck gold at the Paris Judo Grand Slam on Sunday, winning the women’s 70-kg and 78-kg divisions, respectively. Haruka, the younger of the Tachimoto sisters and ranked fourth in the weight class, stunned France’s Lucie Decosse by decision 2-1 after ...

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 ...