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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 ...

Akimoto outduels Ono for 73-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Dec 6, 2014

Akimoto outduels Ono for 73-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Hiroyuki Akimoto defeated 2013 world champion Shohei Ono on points to claim the title in the men’s 73-kg category at the Grand Slam Tokyo on Saturday. The 28-year-old Akimoto captured the title for the first time in three years and second time overall. “I ...

Japan claims two golds in judo

| Sep 22, 2014

Japan claims two golds in judo

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Japan took two of the top podium spots of the five gold medals on offer in the judo competition, but still fell below expectations at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday. On the third day of competition, perhaps the most intriguing ...