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Asahina earns berth at judo worlds with national win

Sara Asahina punched her ticket for the world judo championships by winning the national women’s championship on Sunday. The 20-year-old earned Japan’s berth at the worlds in the over-78-kg division by beating Megumi Tachimoto in the final. It was Asahina’s first national crown and she will be making her first ...

/ Apr 2, 2017

Abe cruises to invitational judo title

Youngster Hifumi Abe blazed to secure his second straight national invitational weight class championship on Saturday, posting three straight ippons in the men’s 66-kg category. Abe defeated Kengo Takaichi in the final by big outer reap and all but secured his place in the ...

Kageura beats rival to claim 100-kg judo title

/ Feb 27, 2017

Kageura beats rival to claim 100-kg judo title

Kokoro Kageura defeated Rio Olympic silver medalist Hisayoshi Harasawa in an all-Japan final to win the men’s over-100 kg title at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix in Germany on Sunday. On the final day of action at Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Asian Championships winner Kageura claimed ...

Arai captures title at German judo tourney

/ Feb 26, 2017

Arai captures title at German judo tourney

Chizuru Arai captured the women’s 70-kg title at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix in Germany on Saturday. The 23-year-old Arai defeated Frenchwoman Marie Eve Gahie by ippon in the final and was the only Japanese winner among the four men’s and women’s weight classes contested ...

Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

/ Feb 25, 2017

Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

Sixteen-year-old Uta Abe became the youngest judoka in history to earn a Grand Prix title when she won the women’s 52-kg division Friday. According to the International Judo Federation, Abe, who is a first-year student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School in Kobe, is also ...

Teenager Iida claims first Grand Slam title

/ Feb 13, 2017

Teenager Iida claims first Grand Slam title

Teenage judoka Kentaro Iida earned his first career Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the men’s 100-kg division on the final day of competition in Paris. Japan picked up five gold medals in men’s competition and two on the women’s side in ...

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

/ Feb 12, 2017

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

Rio Games bronze medalist Naohisa Takato won the men’s 60-kg category at the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, while fellow Japanese Hifumi Abe and Soichi Hashimoto also claimed the 66- and 73-kg categories, respectively. It was a strong showing by the Japanese men. Takato ...

/ Dec 24, 2016

Ono honored as Judoka of Year

Shohei Ono won the International Judo Federation’s Judoka of the Year Award for men on Friday after capturing his first Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro, where he triumphed in the men’s 73-kg category. Ono, 24, received 2,166 votes on the IJF Facebook page, ...

/ Dec 10, 2016

IJF announces new regulations

The International Judo Federation on Friday announced new regulations that will apply for the next Olympic cycle at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Among the new rules are the scrapping of the yuko evaluation of technique points, leaving only ippon and waza-ari, and the duration ...

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

/ Dec 4, 2016

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

Sara Asahina defeated 16-year-old Akira Sone after an extra period in the final of the women’s over-78-kg category to claim her maiden Grand Slam Tokyo crown on Sunday. In the repeat of the Kodokan Cup final three weeks ago, 20-year-old Asahina again came out ...