Marathon man: Hifumi Abe clinches Olympic judo berth in epic playoff

Judo Dec 13, 2020

Marathon man: Hifumi Abe clinches Olympic judo berth in epic playoff

Hifumi Abe booked his place in the Tokyo Olympics next summer with a yusei win in a grueling 24-minute bout against reigning world champion Joshiro Maruyama on Sunday in the men's 66-kg division playoff. The unprecedented one-off showdown at the Kodokan Judo Institute pitted Maruyama ...

Abe siblings shine on first day of Dusseldorf Grand Slam

More Sports / Judo Feb 22, 2020

Abe siblings shine on first day of Dusseldorf Grand Slam

Japan won three gold medals Friday on the opening day of the Dusseldorf Grand Slam, with siblings Uta and Hifumi Abe both topping the podium. Nineteen-year-old sensation Uta claimed the women's 52-kg division gold with victory over French rival Amandine Buchard, while 22-year-old Hifumi won ...

Inoue sets ambitious goal for Japan's judoka

More Sports / Judo Aug 21, 2019

Inoue sets ambitious goal for Japan's judoka

Japan's national men's judo team coach Kosei Inoue said he will be using the world championships starting Sunday at Tokyo's famed Nippon Budokan as a springboard to success at the 2020 Summer Games. "It's really important to gain momentum for the Olympics, so I want ...