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Haga secures under-100-kg title at judo worlds

Ryunosuke Haga won the men’s under-100-kg category title at the World Judo Championships n Saturday, defeating Karl-Richard Frey of Germany in the final. The bronze medals went to Belgium’s Toma Nikiforov and Dimitri Peters of Germany Teddy Riner of France the gold medal in the over-100-kg category, beating Ryu Shichinohe ...

Aug 28, 2015

Japan dominating at judo worlds

Japan continued to dominate and Tina Trstenjak won Slovenia’s first-ever world title at the World Judo Championships in Kazakhstan on Thursday. Trstenjak beat reigning champion Clarisse Agbegnenou in the 63-kg final to gain revenge for her defeat to the Frenchwoman in their European gold medal ...

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Aug 27, 2015

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Takanori Nagase defeated Frenchman Loic Pietri to win the men’s under-81-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Thursday. It was Nagase’s first world title and Japan’s second gold medal in the men’s competition here following Shohei Ono’s win in the 73-kg division ...

Matsumoto captures 57-kg title at world championships

Aug 26, 2015

Matsumoto captures 57-kg title at world championships

London Olympic gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto defeated Romania’s Corina Caprioriu to win the women’s 57-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Wednesday. It was the second world title and first in five years for Matsumoto, who has struggled with injuries after the ...

Judoka Nakamura earns 52-kg gold at worlds

Aug 25, 2015

Judoka Nakamura earns 52-kg gold at worlds

Misato Nakamura won Japan’s first gold medal at these World Judo Championships, capturing the women’s 52-kg title on Tuesday. Nakamura beat last year’s finalist Andreea Chitu of Romania in the final for her third world title, her first since 2011. Nakamura won her first ...

Three-time Olympic judo gold medalist Nomura to retire

Aug 24, 2015

Three-time Olympic judo gold medalist Nomura to retire

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg judo champion Tadahiro Nomura announced Monday that he is finally retiring. The 40-year-old Nomura will call it a career after the All-Japan Businessmen’s Individual Championship to be held on Saturday. He will hold a press conference Aug. 31. Renowned for ...

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 ...

Inamori prevails against Asahina for 78-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Dec 7, 2014

Inamori prevails against Asahina for 78-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Nami Inamori scored an ippon against countrywoman Sara Asahina to capture the women’s over 78-kilogram category at the Grand Slam Tokyo judo tournament on Sunday. The 21-year-old Inamori executed an ouchigari inner leg sweep against the 18-year-old Asahina for her first career Grand Slam ...