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Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

Japan’s judoka had an uncharacteristically dismal showing at the London Olympics four years ago, with Kaori Matsumoto winning the sole gold medal for the originator of the sport, in the women’s 57-kg weight class. Japan’s supremacy came to an end, the country finishing with one gold, three silver and three ...

Tokyo awarded 2019 judo worlds

Tokyo was selected to host the 2019 World Judo Championships following an International Judo Federation executive committee meeting on Friday. ...

May 31, 2016

Japan locks up spots in all judo divisions for Rio Games

Japan has once again secured berths in all 14 judo weight categories for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the International Judo Federation released the latest world rankings on Monday. According to the qualification guideline set by the IJF, the top 14 men and ...

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

May 28, 2016

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

Japan’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic women’s team members Misato Nakamura and Ami Kondo both prevailed to win their respective weight divisions at the World Judo Masters in Mexico on Friday. World No. 4 Nakamura scored an ippon win over Russian Natalia Kuziutina in the ...

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

May 2, 2016

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

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Judo had always been a reliable provider of Olympic medals for Japan since the sport was first officially included in the 1964 Tokyo Games. But that stability wavered four years ago at the London Olympics. For the first time ever, Japan’s men failed to ...

Ojitani captures national title;  Harasawa earns Rio berth

Apr 29, 2016

Ojitani captures national title; Harasawa earns Rio berth

Takeshi Ojitani captured his second open-weight National Judo Championship on Friday, while beaten semifinalist Hisayoshi Harasawa was chosen for the over-100-kg division for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ojitani, 23, won his first title against 26-year-old Daiki Kamikawa two years ago and was ...

Yamabe wins national judo crown to book Rio berth

Apr 17, 2016

Yamabe wins national judo crown to book Rio berth

Kanae Yamabe downed rival Megumi Tachimoto for her third national judo championship title on Sunday to clinch a spot in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In the pair’s third meeting in the final at the national championships in as many years, and this ...

Apr 12, 2016

Judo king Riner breaks coach's wrist

France’s Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner sent national team coach Larbi Benboudaoud to the hospital with a smashed wrist during a training session at the weekend, the pair told AFP on Monday. Riner, 27 and an eight time world champion, had asked Benboudaoud to ...

World champion Ono triumphs at national invitational judo tourney

Apr 3, 2016

World champion Ono triumphs at national invitational judo tourney

World champion Shohei Ono won his second national invitational judo weight class championship title on Sunday in the men’s 73-kg division. Ono, who won his first title two years ago, defeated London Olympic silver medal winner Riki Nakaya in the final on the last ...

Heavyweight Harasawa earns first national invitational title

Apr 2, 2016

Heavyweight Harasawa earns first national invitational title

Heavyweight Hisayoshi Harasawa captured his first National Weight Category Championships title in the over 100-kg division on Saturday. Last year’s all-Japan national champion Harasawa defeated Ryu Shichinohe on points in the final at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on the first day of the meet that ...

Mar 23, 2016

London judo silver medalist Hiraoka retires

Hiroaki Hiraoka, the men’s 60-kg silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, announced his retirement as an active judoka on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Hiraoka lost at a domestic tournament last fall and missed out on a place at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de ...

Feb 21, 2016

Ono moves closer to Rio judo berth

World champion Shohei Ono took a step toward a place at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics by capturing the men’s 73-kg title on Saturday at the Duesseldorf Grand Prix. Ono defeated top-ranked South Korean An Chang-rim in the semifinals before taking out world ...

Feb 20, 2016

Matsumoto, Shishime nab titles

Kaori Matsumoto and Ai Shishime won their respective weight categories Friday, giving Japan two gold medals on the opening day of the Judo Grand Prix. London Olympic gold medalist Matsumoto took the 57-kg title with an ippon victory over her French foe Helene Receveaux ...

Feb 9, 2016

Ailing Riner may need shoulder surgery

France’s Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner could have to undergo surgery on a painful shoulder injury next week, his coach told AFP on Tuesday. Franck Chambily said Riner had a small piece of cartilage that was pushing on a tendon at the top of ...