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 ...

Judo legend Tadahiro Nomura to manage Hifumi Abe

More Sports / Judo Apr 12, 2018

Judo legend Tadahiro Nomura to manage Hifumi Abe

Reigning 66-kg world champion Hifumi Abe has agreed to a management contract under a new company established by three-time Olympic judo champion Tadahiro Nomura, the company announced Thursday. Although it is unusual for Japanese judoka to be managed while still attending college, the 20-year-old Abe ...

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

More Sports / Judo 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 ...

Abe aims high at world championships

More Sports / Judo 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 ...

More Sports / Judo Apr 2, 2017

Abe cruises to invitational judo title

Youngster Hifumi Abe blazed to secure his second straight national invitational weight class championship on Saturday, posting three straight ippons in the men's 66-kg category. Abe defeated Kengo Takaichi in the final by big outer reap and all but secured his place in the world ...

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

More Sports / Judo Feb 12, 2017

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

Rio Games bronze medalist Naohisa Takato won the men's 60-kg category at the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, while fellow Japanese Hifumi Abe and Soichi Hashimoto also claimed the 66- and 73-kg categories, respectively. It was a strong showing by the Japanese men. Takato won ...