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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 Federation the same day and is ...

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 ...

Abe aims high at world championships

/ Aug 24, 2017

Abe aims high at world championships

Hifumi Abe said Thursday he hopes to take a first step toward a coveted Olympic gold as he looks to shake off not being selected for the Rio Olympics by becoming the 66-kg world judo champion. Speaking to reporters at Narita airport before heading to ...

/ Aug 17, 2017

Ebinuma nominated for key post with International Judo Federation

Masashi Ebinuma, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the men's 66-kg division, is among 17 judoka nominated for the nine available places on the International Judo Federation's Athletes' Commission, the organization said Wednesday. Five judoka will be elected to represent their counterparts for a four-year ...

Yamashita named new All Japan Judo Federation president

/ Jun 23, 2017

Yamashita named new All Japan Judo Federation president

Yasuhiro Yamashita, the men’s open-weight category gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, was appointed as the new president of the All Japan Judo Federation on Friday. Yamashita replaces 71-year-old Shoji Muneoka following voting from new board members selected the same day. The 60-year-old ...

/ May 26, 2017

Yamashita to become next AJJF chairman

Yasuhiro Yamashita, the men's open-weight category gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, is set to be appointed as the next chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, sources said Friday. The 59-year-old Yamashita will lead the federation forward toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ...