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Chizuru Arai retains 70-kg world title

More Sports / Judo Sep 25, 2018

Chizuru Arai retains 70-kg world title

Chizuru Arai defended her title at the World Judo Championships on Monday, becoming the first Japanese woman in 15 years to win back-to-back titles in the 70-kg division. Arai defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Marie Eve Gahie of France in 90 seconds in the final ...

Yoshida takes gold, Hashimoto silver at worlds

More Sports / Judo Sep 23, 2018

Yoshida takes gold, Hashimoto silver at worlds

Tsukasa Yoshida won the women's 57-kg division at the judo world championships on Saturday, while compatriot Soichi Hashimoto settled for silver in the men's 73-kg class. Yoshida's gold made it four for Japan from six divisions for men and women combined after three days of ...

Judoka Saito, Tanimoto inducted into Hall of Fame

More Sports / Judo Sep 19, 2018

Judoka Saito, Tanimoto inducted into Hall of Fame

Two-time Olympic gold medalists Hitoshi Saito and Ayumi Tanimoto were inducted into the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame on Tuesday ahead of the world championships which kick off on Thursday. Saito was inducted posthumously following his death at age 54 from bile duct cancer ...

Tsunoda defeats Park for 52-kg gold

More Sports / Judo Aug 30, 2018

Tsunoda defeats Park for 52-kg gold

Natsumi Tsunoda shrugged off an injured back to win a gold medal Wednesday, scoring a convincing victory over South Korean Park Da-sol in the women's 52-kg class on the first day of the judo competition at the Asian Games. While Tsunoda, the 2017 world silver ...