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/ Oct 2, 2015

Abe, Oshima nab titles in Tashkent

Hifumi Abe and Yuma Oshima secured titles on the first day of the Judo Grand Prix event on Thursday. Abe, the 18-year-old 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, beat China’s Ma Duanbin by ippon in the 66-kg category, taking just 36 seconds to win ...

/ Aug 31, 2015

Japan earns team sweeps on final day at worlds

Japan concluded the World Judo Championships in style on Sunday, winning both the men’s and women’s team competitions at the same meet for the first time. The Japanese women, led by 52-kg chamnpion Misato Nakamura, prevailed for the first time in two years after ...

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

/ Aug 31, 2015

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura announced his retirement on Monday, saying his body has finally given in. “I began to feel my physical limit,” the 40-year-old Nomura said at a news conference. “I’ve done everything I can. I have no regrets.” Nomura, ...

Haga secures under-100-kg title at judo worlds

/ Aug 29, 2015

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 ...

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

/ Aug 29, 2015

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Mami Umeki won the women’s 78-kg division on Friday, the fifth day of competition at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Umeki, who is making her world championships debut, defeated Slovene Anamari Velensek, last year’s world bronze medalist, by ippon to give Japan its ...

/ 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 ...