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 ...

Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Apr 6, 2014

Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Reigning world champion Shohei Ono beat rival and London Olympic silver medalist Riki Nakaya by ippon in the men’s 73-kg final to claim his maiden title at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Sunday. The 22-year-old Ono executed a well-timed “ukiotoshi” floating drop ...

Sep 18, 2013

World judo champion Ono hit with three-month ban

World champion Shohei Ono and eight other seniors from Tenri University’s judo team were suspended for three months by the All Japan Judo Federation (AJJF) for assaulting underclass teammates Wednesday. The suspension will keep ex-captain Ono, who won the men’s 73-kg title at last ...

Sep 11, 2013

World judo champion Ono suspended for assaulting teammate

Judo put a damper on Tokyo’s Olympic euphoria as Tenri University said Wednesday a dozen students of its team, including former captain and world champion Shohei Ono, were disciplined for physically abusing underclass teammates. Ono, who won the men’s 73-kg weight class at last ...

Aug 29, 2013

Ono captures 73-kg gold at judo worlds

Shohei Ono marked his debut at the World Judo Championships with victory in the 73-kg final to give Japan its third men’s gold medal in as many days on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Ono beat London Olympic bronze medalist Ugo Legrand of France with a ...