CAIRO – Olympic champion Masato Uchishiba and compatriot Yuki Yokosawa both had to settle for silver after losing their respective finals at the World Judo Championships on Saturday.
Olympic gold medal winner Masato Uchishiba of Japan is beaten by Brazil’s Joao Derly in the final of the men’s 66-kg category at the World Judo Championships in Cairo on Saturday.
Uchishiba faced off against Joao Derly of Brazil in the men’s 66-kilogram final but was scooped up with an arm throw by his opponent and dumped to the mat by ippon.
“I did my best and lost. I have to accept this hard fact and move on. I’m satisfied that I was able to fight many strong opponents. I’m still not strong enough,” said Uchishiba.
Uchishiba beat two-time de fending champion Arash Miresmaili of Iran in the quarterfinals and then pinned Spaniard Oscar Penas for another ippon win in the semifinals to book his place in the final on his world championships debut.
Yokosawa, who was the silver medalist in Athens, fell to Ying Li of China in her 52-kg final and missed out on gold, yet again.
“I lost again. I’ve gotten medals (at the Olympics and world championships) for the last three tournaments but it would have been better if I could have used more techniques. I tried my best to attack but I couldn’t,” said Yokosawa.
Yokosawa reached the final when she secured a clean ippon victory with an ouchigari inner-leg sweep just 49 seconds into her 52-kg semifinal against Ioana Aluas of Romania.
The other two Japanese who appeared in Saturday’s action — Masahiro Takamatsu in the men’s 73 kg and Juri Miyamoto in the women’s 57 kg — suffered first-round defeats. Takamatsu also lost in the first round in Athens.
Kye Sun Hui of North Korea won the 57-kg class for her second straight title while Akos Braun of Hungary took gold in the men’s 73-kg weight category.
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