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/ May 31, 2016

Japan locks up spots in all judo divisions for Rio Games

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 ...

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

/ May 28, 2016

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

Japan's Rio de Janeiro Olympic women's team members Misato Nakamura and Ami Kondo both prevailed to win their respective weight divisions at the World Judo Masters in Mexico on Friday. World No. 4 Nakamura scored an ippon win over Russian Natalia Kuziutina in the 52-kg ...

Ojitani captures national title;  Harasawa earns Rio berth

/ Apr 29, 2016

Ojitani captures national title; Harasawa earns Rio berth

Takeshi Ojitani captured his second open-weight National Judo Championship on Friday, while beaten semifinalist Hisayoshi Harasawa was chosen for the over-100-kg division for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ojitani, 23, won his first title against 26-year-old Daiki Kamikawa two years ago and was triumphant ...

Yamabe wins national judo crown to book Rio berth

/ Apr 17, 2016

Yamabe wins national judo crown to book Rio berth

Kanae Yamabe downed rival Megumi Tachimoto for her third national judo championship title on Sunday to clinch a spot in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In the pair's third meeting in the final at the national championships in as many years, and this year ...

Heavyweight Harasawa earns first national invitational title

/ Apr 2, 2016

Heavyweight Harasawa earns first national invitational title

Heavyweight Hisayoshi Harasawa captured his first National Weight Category Championships title in the over 100-kg division on Saturday. Last year's all-Japan national champion Harasawa defeated Ryu Shichinohe on points in the final at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on the first day of the meet that serves ...

/ Mar 23, 2016

London judo silver medalist Hiraoka retires

Hiroaki Hiraoka, the men's 60-kg silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, announced his retirement as an active judoka on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Hiraoka lost at a domestic tournament last fall and missed out on a place at this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "I ...

/ Feb 21, 2016

Ono moves closer to Rio judo berth

World champion Shohei Ono took a step toward a place at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics by capturing the men's 73-kg title on Saturday at the Duesseldorf Grand Prix. Ono defeated top-ranked South Korean An Chang-rim in the semifinals before taking out world No. ...

/ Feb 20, 2016

Matsumoto, Shishime nab titles

Kaori Matsumoto and Ai Shishime won their respective weight categories Friday, giving Japan two gold medals on the opening day of the Judo Grand Prix. London Olympic gold medalist Matsumoto took the 57-kg title with an ippon victory over her French foe Helene Receveaux at ...

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

/ Feb 8, 2016

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

Hisayoshi Harasawa, Daiki Nishiyama and Megumi Tachimoto won their respective weight categories at the Judo Grand Slam on Sunday. In the men's division on the final day of the meet, Harasawa won the over-100 kg title and Nishiyama the 90 kg, while Tachimoto was the ...

/ Feb 7, 2016

Ebinuma, Shishime capture Grand Slam Paris judo titles

Masashi Ebinuma won the men's 66-kg division in the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, along with Toru Shishime who triumphed in the 60-kg category. Ebinuma overcame reigning world champion An Ba-ul of South Korea by ippon in the quarterfinals, bettered Frenchman Kilian Le Blouch on ...