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Yusei Ogawa wins first Grand Slam Tokyo judo championship

Yusei Ogawa, the son of an Olympic silver medalist judoka, won his first Grand Slam Tokyo championship in the over-100 kg division on Sunday. On the final day of competition at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Ogawa, whose father Naoya won a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, defeated defending Olympic champion ...

Judoka Akari Inoue claims first Kodokan Cup title

/ Nov 11, 2017

Judoka Akari Inoue claims first Kodokan Cup title

Akari Inoue won the women's over-78 kg division on Saturday, the first day of the Kodokan Cup, one of the qualifying events for next year's judo world championships. The 20-year-old Inoue, the Universiade unlimited weight class champion, defeated last year's runner-up, Akira Sone by ippon ...

Rio Olympic judo champ Tachimoto to retire

/ Oct 4, 2017

Rio Olympic judo champ Tachimoto to retire

Haruka Tachimoto, the women's 70-kg gold medalist at last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, on Wednesday revealed she is retiring. The 27-year-old Tachimoto, who cited a lack of drive as her main reason for calling it quits, submitted retirement documents to the All Japan Judo ...

/ Sep 4, 2017

Ebinuma named to judo athletes' commission

Masashi Ebinuma, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the men's 66-kg division, has been appointed a new member of the International Judo Federation's Athletes' Commission, the organization said Sunday. The 27-year-old is one of five judoka who were elected during the just-ended world judo championships ...

Japan wins first mixed team gold

/ Sep 4, 2017

Japan wins first mixed team gold

Top-seeded Japan defeated Brazil 6-0 to become the first-ever recipient of the mixed team gold medal at the world judo championships Sunday, the final day of action. All 11 Japanese judoka who were entered for the event, featuring three men and three women, won their ...

Wolf takes world judo gold; Asahina settles for silver

/ Sep 3, 2017

Wolf takes world judo gold; Asahina settles for silver

Aaron Wolf won the men's 100-kg division at judo's world championships on Saturday, while compatriot Sara Asahina settled for silver in the women's over-78-kg class. As two Japanese judoka were eliminated in the second and third rounds of the men's over-100-kg category, the country ended ...

Arai captures 70-kg gold

/ Sep 2, 2017

Arai captures 70-kg gold

Japan resumed its gold medal rush at the world championships on Friday, when Chizuru Arai won her weight division, while defending champion Mami Umeki grabbed silver in the women's 78-kg class. Arai won the women's 70-kg championship over Puerto Rico's Maria Perez. Arai secured her ...

Nagase falls short in title defense at worlds

/ Sep 1, 2017

Nagase falls short in title defense at worlds

Takanori Nagase failed to defend the men's 81-kg title at the World Judo Championships on Thursday, stopping Japan's medal run by making a fourth-round exit against Uzbekistan's Davlat Bobonov. Nagase, who won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, lost on ...

Hashimoto continues Japan's golden run

/ Aug 31, 2017

Hashimoto continues Japan's golden run

Soichi Hashimoto won the men's 73-kg gold medal at the world championships on Wednesday, when fellow worlds debutant Tsukasa Yoshida settled for silver. In his final, Hashimoto defeated Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov, the silver medalist at last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Japan has now won ...

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

/ Aug 30, 2017

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

Ai Shishime defeated Natsumi Tsunoda in an all-Japan final of the women's 52-kg competition at the world judo championships Tuesday, while countryman Hifumi Abe claimed the gold medal in the men's 66 kg. Shishime, 23, claimed an ippon victory over 25-year-old Tsunoda with an uchimata ...

Takato, Tonaki claim gold at world championships

/ Aug 29, 2017

Takato, Tonaki claim gold at world championships

Judoka Naohisa Takato and Funa Tonaki won gold medals in their respective categories, while Ami Kondo settled for bronze as the world championships got underway Monday. Takato, the 2013 world champion and bronze medalist at last year's Rio Olympics, downed Pavel Petrikov of the Czech ...

/ Aug 28, 2017

Haga ready to defend world judo title

Ryunosuke Haga said Monday he is prepared to defend the men's 100-kg title at this week's world judo championships in Budapest. "I'm in good condition and very motivated to be able to take a crack at it," the 26-year-old judoka said of his bid for ...