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Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura announced his retirement on Monday, saying his body has finally given in. “I began to feel my physical limit,” the 40-year-old Nomura said at a news conference. “I’ve done everything I can. I have no regrets.” Nomura, who said his surgically repaired knees ...

Aug 29, 2015

Three-time judo Olympic champ Nomura exits final tournament of career

Retiring three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura bowed out of his final tournament on Saturday, losing in the third round of the All-Japan Corporate Individual Championship. The 40-year-old, who on Monday announced he is retiring afterward, was knocked out after winning his first ...

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Aug 29, 2015

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Mami Umeki won the women’s 78-kg division on Friday, the fifth day of competition at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Umeki, who is making her world championships debut, defeated Slovene Anamari Velensek, last year’s world bronze medalist, by ippon to give Japan its ...

Aug 28, 2015

Japan dominating at judo worlds

Japan continued to dominate and Tina Trstenjak won Slovenia’s first-ever world title at the World Judo Championships in Kazakhstan on Thursday. Trstenjak beat reigning champion Clarisse Agbegnenou in the 63-kg final to gain revenge for her defeat to the Frenchwoman in their European gold medal ...

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Aug 27, 2015

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Takanori Nagase defeated Frenchman Loic Pietri to win the men’s under-81-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Thursday. It was Nagase’s first world title and Japan’s second gold medal in the men’s competition here following Shohei Ono’s win in the 73-kg division ...

Matsumoto captures 57-kg title at world championships

Aug 26, 2015

Matsumoto captures 57-kg title at world championships

London Olympic gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto defeated Romania’s Corina Caprioriu to win the women’s 57-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Wednesday. It was the second world title and first in five years for Matsumoto, who has struggled with injuries after the ...

Judoka Nakamura earns 52-kg gold at worlds

Aug 25, 2015

Judoka Nakamura earns 52-kg gold at worlds

Misato Nakamura won Japan’s first gold medal at these World Judo Championships, capturing the women’s 52-kg title on Tuesday. Nakamura beat last year’s finalist Andreea Chitu of Romania in the final for her third world title, her first since 2011. Nakamura won her first ...

Three-time Olympic judo gold medalist Nomura to retire

Aug 24, 2015

Three-time Olympic judo gold medalist Nomura to retire

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg judo champion Tadahiro Nomura announced Monday that he is finally retiring. The 40-year-old Nomura will call it a career after the All-Japan Businessmen’s Individual Championship to be held on Saturday. He will hold a press conference Aug. 31. Renowned for ...

May 24, 2015

Tashiro, Takato triumph in Morocco

Miku Tashiro won the women’s judo 63-kg class on Saturday, the first day of the World Masters Rabat meet. Tashiro defeated Kathrin Unterwurzacher of Austria in the final of the event in Morocco’s capital that is open athletes ranked in the top 16 in ...

Apr 29, 2015

Harasawa defeats Shichinohe to win judo national championship

Hisayoshi Harasawa won his first national judo championship title by beating world silver medalist Ryu Shichinohe in the final at Tokyo’s Budokan on Wednesday. In the traditional annual tournament held on Showa Day to honor the previous emperor’s birthday, the 22-year-old Harasawa went one ...

Tachimoto claims title at nationals

Apr 19, 2015

Tachimoto claims title at nationals

Judoka Megumi Tachimoto defeated rival Kanae Yamabe with a flag decision in the final to win her first career title at the women’s national championship on Sunday. Tachimoto, 26, beat Yamabe, 24, the same opponent she lost to in last year’s final in the ...

Ebinuma picks up more judo gold

Apr 5, 2015

Ebinuma picks up more judo gold

Three-time judo world champion Masashi Ebinuma defeated Kengo Takaichi in the men’s 66-kg final at the national invitational weight-class championships on Sunday. The 25-year-old Ebinuma beat Takaichi on points at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to claim his first title in three years and fourth overall ...

Judoka Asami captures 48-kg national title by beating Kondo

Apr 4, 2015

Judoka Asami captures 48-kg national title by beating Kondo

Former world champion Haruna Asami defeated reigning world champion Ami Kondo in the woman’s 48-kg weight category at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Saturday. The 26-year-old Asami beat the 19-year-old Kondo on points for her first title in two years and second ...