London Olympic gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto to retire

More Sports / Judo Feb 2, 2019

London Olympic gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto to retire

Kaori Matsumoto will close the curtain on her competitive career, a source close to the 31-year-old said Saturday. A two-time world champion and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, Matsumoto said in November she would retire from the front line of the sport following her first-round ...

Japan targets 14 gold medals in Rio: JOC

Olympics Aug 2, 2016

Japan targets 14 gold medals in Rio: JOC

Top-ranking officials of the Japanese Olympic Committee delegation spoke on Monday about the country's prospects for a strong performance at the upcoming Rio Olympics, expressing their hope for 14 gold medals as the team gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Japan is hoping ...

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 ...

More Sports / Judo May 31, 2016

Japan locks up spots in all judo divisions for Rio Games

Japan has once again secured berths in all 14 judo weight categories for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the International Judo Federation released the latest world rankings on Monday. According to the qualification guideline set by the IJF, the top 14 men and top ...

More Sports / Judo Feb 20, 2016

Matsumoto, Shishime nab titles

Kaori Matsumoto and Ai Shishime won their respective weight categories Friday, giving Japan two gold medals on the opening day of the Judo Grand Prix. London Olympic gold medalist Matsumoto took the 57-kg title with an ippon victory over her French foe Helene Receveaux at ...

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 ...

Judoka Asami captures 48-kg national title by beating Kondo

More Sports / Judo Apr 4, 2015

Judoka Asami captures 48-kg national title by beating Kondo

Former world champion Haruna Asami defeated reigning world champion Ami Kondo in the woman's 48-kg weight category at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Saturday. The 26-year-old Asami beat the 19-year-old Kondo on points for her first title in two years and second overall ...