Kageura beats rival to claim 100-kg judo title

More Sports / Judo Feb 27, 2017

Kageura beats rival to claim 100-kg judo title

Kokoro Kageura defeated Rio Olympic silver medalist Hisayoshi Harasawa in an all-Japan final to win the men's over-100 kg title at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix in Germany on Sunday. On the final day of action at Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Asian Championships winner Kageura claimed a ...

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

More Sports / Judo Jul 31, 2016

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

Japan's judoka had an uncharacteristically dismal showing at the London Olympics four years ago, with Kaori Matsumoto winning the sole gold medal for the originator of the sport, in the women's 57-kg weight class. Japan's supremacy came to an end, the country finishing with one ...

Ojitani captures national title;  Harasawa earns Rio berth

More Sports / Judo Apr 29, 2016

Ojitani captures national title; Harasawa earns Rio berth

Takeshi Ojitani captured his second open-weight National Judo Championship on Friday, while beaten semifinalist Hisayoshi Harasawa was chosen for the over-100-kg division for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ojitani, 23, won his first title against 26-year-old Daiki Kamikawa two years ago and was triumphant ...

Heavyweight Harasawa earns first national invitational title

More Sports / Judo Apr 2, 2016

Heavyweight Harasawa earns first national invitational title

Heavyweight Hisayoshi Harasawa captured his first National Weight Category Championships title in the over 100-kg division on Saturday. Last year's all-Japan national champion Harasawa defeated Ryu Shichinohe on points in the final at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on the first day of the meet that serves ...

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

More Sports / Judo Feb 8, 2016

Trio win judo gold at Grand Slam

Hisayoshi Harasawa, Daiki Nishiyama and Megumi Tachimoto won their respective weight categories at the Judo Grand Slam on Sunday. In the men's division on the final day of the meet, Harasawa won the over-100 kg title and Nishiyama the 90 kg, while Tachimoto was the ...