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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 ...

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

Feb 8, 2016

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

Hisayoshi Harasawa, Daiki Nishiyama and Megumi Tachimoto won their respective weight categories at the Judo Grand Slam on Sunday. In the men’s division on the final day of the meet, Harasawa won the over-100 kg title and Nishiyama the 90 kg, while Tachimoto was ...

Feb 7, 2016

Ebinuma, Shishime capture Grand Slam Paris judo titles

Masashi Ebinuma won the men’s 66-kg division in the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, along with Toru Shishime who triumphed in the 60-kg category. Ebinuma overcame reigning world champion An Ba-ul of South Korea by ippon in the quarterfinals, bettered Frenchman Kilian Le Blouch ...

Jan 12, 2016

London bronze medalist Nishiyama ends career

Judoka Masashi Nishiyama, who won a bronze medal in the men’s 90-kg division at the 2012 London Olympics, will retire, his corporate sponsor announced Tuesday. “I feel proud to have been able to compete against my world rivals on such a high level as ...

Dec 6, 2015

Harasawa triumphs over Shichinohe to earn over 100-kg title

Hisayoshi Harasawa eked out a narrow final win over Ryu Shichinohe to secure the men’s over 100-kg division title on the final day of the Tokyo Grand Slam on Sunday. Harasawa needed extra time to beat Shichinohe and lift his first championship after both ...

Judoka Arai uses mental toughness to defeat Ono, earn title

Dec 5, 2015

Judoka Arai uses mental toughness to defeat Ono, earn title

Chizuru Arai came back from three shido penalties down to defeat Yoko Ono in the women’s 70-kg division on Saturday on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam. The 22-year-old Arai won her second championship after Ono squandered the advantage by receiving three ...