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 ...

Sarah Asahina beats Idalys Ortiz for 78-kg gold

More Sports / Judo Sep 27, 2018

Sarah Asahina beats Idalys Ortiz for 78-kg gold

Sarah Asahina clinched gold in the over 78-kg weight class at the World Judo Championships on Wednesday as all nine Japanese reached the podium in the women's classifications. It was the first time since the inauguration of the women's world championships in 1980 that every ...

Japan wins first mixed team gold

More Sports / Judo Sep 4, 2017

Japan wins first mixed team gold

Top-seeded Japan defeated Brazil 6-0 to become the first-ever recipient of the mixed team gold medal at the world judo championships Sunday, the final day of action. All 11 Japanese judoka who were entered for the event, featuring three men and three women, won their ...

Wolf takes world judo gold; Asahina settles for silver

More Sports / Judo 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 ...

Matsumoto captures 57-kg title at world championships

More Sports / Judo Aug 26, 2015

Matsumoto captures 57-kg title at world championships

London Olympic gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto defeated Romania's Corina Caprioriu to win the women's 57-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Wednesday. It was the second world title and first in five years for Matsumoto, who has struggled with injuries after the 2012 ...