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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aug 31, 2014

Judoka Shichinohe grabs silver in over-100 kg division at worlds

Ryu Shichinohe won a silver medal on Saturday in the men’s over-100 kg division at the World Judo Championships. Shichinohe secured at least a silver when he defeated Brazil’s David Moura by ippon in the semifinals. Shichinohe, however, lost in the final to France’s ...

Nun Ira collects silver at judo worlds

Aug 29, 2014

Nun Ira collects silver at judo worlds

Karen Nun Ira won the silver medal in the women’s under-70 kg class on Friday, the fifth day of the World Judo Championships. The 23-year-old Nun Ira, making her first appearance at the world championships and ranked 38th in the world, defeated Croatia’s Barbara ...

Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Aug 28, 2014

Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Miku Tashiro fell in the women’s under 63-kg semifinals on Thursday, but won a bronze medal at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Tashiro lost by ippon to Israel’s Yarden Gerbi, who was in turn defeated in the final by France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou. Tashiro ...

Aug 26, 2014

Tokyo expected to host 2019 or 2020 judo worlds: Vizer

Tokyo will likely host the 2018 or 2019 World Judo Championships as part of the buildup to the 2020 Olympics, International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer said Tuesday. “Paris and Tokyo are candidates,” Vizer said, when asked which cities could host the competition in ...