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Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

/ Feb 25, 2017

Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

Sixteen-year-old Uta Abe became the youngest judoka in history to earn a Grand Prix title when she won the women's 52-kg division Friday. According to the International Judo Federation, Abe, who is a first-year student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School in Kobe, is also the ...

/ Feb 17, 2017

Tsunoda, Minei to skip European Judo Open due to injuries

Natsumi Tsunoda, the 52-kg silver medalist at the Paris Grand Slam earlier this month, and 63-kg wrestler Miho Minei will miss this weekend's European Judo Open due to injury, the All Japan Judo Federation said Friday. Tsunoda and Minei were both hurt at the Paris ...

Teenager Iida claims first Grand Slam title

/ Feb 13, 2017

Teenager Iida claims first Grand Slam title

Teenage judoka Kentaro Iida earned his first career Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the men's 100-kg division on the final day of competition in Paris. Japan picked up five gold medals in men's competition and two on the women's side in the ...

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

/ Feb 12, 2017

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

Rio Games bronze medalist Naohisa Takato won the men's 60-kg category at the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, while fellow Japanese Hifumi Abe and Soichi Hashimoto also claimed the 66- and 73-kg categories, respectively. It was a strong showing by the Japanese men. Takato won ...

/ Dec 24, 2016

Ono honored as Judoka of Year

Shohei Ono won the International Judo Federation's Judoka of the Year Award for men on Friday after capturing his first Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro, where he triumphed in the men's 73-kg category. Ono, 24, received 2,166 votes on the IJF Facebook page, ahead ...

/ Dec 10, 2016

IJF announces new regulations

The International Judo Federation on Friday announced new regulations that will apply for the next Olympic cycle at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Among the new rules are the scrapping of the yuko evaluation of technique points, leaving only ippon and waza-ari, and the duration of ...

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

/ Dec 4, 2016

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

Sara Asahina defeated 16-year-old Akira Sone after an extra period in the final of the women's over-78-kg category to claim her maiden Grand Slam Tokyo crown on Sunday. In the repeat of the Kodokan Cup final three weeks ago, 20-year-old Asahina again came out on ...

Abe triumphs over Hashiguchi at Grand Slam Tokyo

/ Dec 2, 2016

Abe triumphs over Hashiguchi at Grand Slam Tokyo

Nineteen-year-old Hifumi Abe won his second Grand Slam Tokyo title on Friday in the men's judo 66-kg division at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Abe, the winner here two years ago, won the final by ippon slamming down Yuki Hashiguchi with a seoi-otoshi, or back-drop throw. It ...

/ Nov 12, 2016

Former judo world champ Muneta plans to retire

Yasuyuki Muneta, the winner of the 2003 judo world championships in the men's over 100-kilogram class, is set to retire and move into a coaching role, a source said Saturday. The 35-year-old stood at just 170 cm but was a mainstay in heavyweight divisions alongside ...

Former judo world champion Asami announces retirement

/ Oct 11, 2016

Former judo world champion Asami announces retirement

Judoka Haruna Asami, a two-time world champion in the women's 48-kg division, drew the curtain on her career, it was announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old, who thrived on her back throws and foot-throwing techniques, had a strong record through her career but was a stranger to ...

/ Aug 6, 2016

Tokyo awarded 2019 judo worlds

Tokyo was selected to host the 2019 World Judo Championships following an International Judo Federation executive committee meeting on Friday. IJF executive Yasuhiro Yamashita wants the championships to serve as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the event set to be held ...

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

/ Jul 31, 2016

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

Japan's judoka had an uncharacteristically dismal showing at the London Olympics four years ago, with Kaori Matsumoto winning the sole gold medal for the originator of the sport, in the women's 57-kg weight class. Japan's supremacy came to an end, the country finishing with one ...