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 ...

Abe triumphs over Hashiguchi at Grand Slam Tokyo

More Sports / Judo Dec 2, 2016

Abe triumphs over Hashiguchi at Grand Slam Tokyo

Nineteen-year-old Hifumi Abe won his second Grand Slam Tokyo title on Friday in the men's judo 66-kg division at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Abe, the winner here two years ago, won the final by ippon slamming down Yuki Hashiguchi with a seoi-otoshi, or back-drop throw. It ...

More Sports / Judo Oct 2, 2015

Abe, Oshima nab titles in Tashkent

Hifumi Abe and Yuma Oshima secured titles on the first day of the Judo Grand Prix event on Thursday. Abe, the 18-year-old 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, beat China's Ma Duanbin by ippon in the 66-kg category, taking just 36 seconds to win his ...