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Yoko Ono wins 70-kg gold, two more Japanese silver at Doha Masters

Judo Jan 13, 2021

Yoko Ono wins 70-kg gold, two more Japanese silver at Doha Masters

Yoko Ono defeated Russia's Madina Taimazova in the women's 70-kilogram final as Japan won medals in three of four weight classes contested Tuesday at the invitation-only International Judo Federation World Masters in Doha, Qatar. In addition to Ono's gold medal, Japan's second in as many ...

Marathon man: Hifumi Abe clinches Olympic judo berth in epic playoff

Judo Dec 13, 2020

Marathon man: Hifumi Abe clinches Olympic judo berth in epic playoff

Hifumi Abe booked his place in the Tokyo Olympics next summer with a yusei win in a grueling 24-minute bout against reigning world champion Joshiro Maruyama on Sunday in the men's 66-kg division playoff. The unprecedented one-off showdown at the Kodokan Judo Institute pitted Maruyama ...

Japan to keep qualified judo team in place for 2021

Judo May 15, 2020

Japan to keep qualified judo team in place for 2021

Judoka already named to Japan's 2020 Olympic team will not have to qualify again for the games that have been postponed until 2021, the All Japan Judo Federation decided Friday. The body's development and executive committees, meeting online in an extraordinary session, rejected calls to ...

Japan judo federation names bulk of Olympic team

More Sports / Judo Feb 27, 2020

Japan judo federation names bulk of Olympic team

Shohei Ono will grapple for his second straight Olympic gold medal in the men's 73-kg division, this time on home soil, after being named to Japan's judo team for this summer's Tokyo Games on Thursday. The All Japan Judo Federation selected 12 of its 14-member ...

Abe siblings shine on first day of Dusseldorf Grand Slam

More Sports / Judo Feb 22, 2020

Abe siblings shine on first day of Dusseldorf Grand Slam

Japan won three gold medals Friday on the opening day of the Dusseldorf Grand Slam, with siblings Uta and Hifumi Abe both topping the podium. Nineteen-year-old sensation Uta claimed the women's 52-kg division gold with victory over French rival Amandine Buchard, while 22-year-old Hifumi won ...