Nakamura leads sweep of judo titles


Misato Nakamura beat compatriot Yuka Nishida in the women’s 52-kg final while Aiko Sato captured the 57-kg gold and Riki Nakaya won the men’s 73 kg as Japan swept the three categories contested Wednesday on the second day of the world judo championships.

Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Nakamura avenged her loss against An Kum Ae in the Chinese capital three years ago with a third-round victory over the North Korean and went on to beat Spaniard Ana Carrascosa by ippon in the last four and edged Nishida in the final on a “shido” point.