• Kyodo


Japan has once again secured berths in all 14 judo weight categories for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the International Judo Federation released the latest world rankings on Monday.

According to the qualification guideline set by the IJF, the top 14 men and top 22 women in the world rankings announced on Monday, the final day of the qualification period, directly qualify, with a maximum one athlete per country in each weight class.

Matthew Baker, whose father is American and mother Japanese, is the only judoka who was named to the Japan team at the national championships last month and also holds the world No. 1 rank. The Tokai University student will compete in the 90-kg division.

Kaori Matsumoto, who is looking to win her second straight Olympic gold in the women’s 57-kg division, is ranked fifth.

Only the top eight athletes will be seeded in the Olympic brackets.