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 ...

Asahina earns berth at judo worlds with national win

More Sports / Judo Apr 16, 2017

Asahina earns berth at judo worlds with national win

Sara Asahina punched her ticket for the world judo championships by winning the national women's championship on Sunday. The 20-year-old earned Japan's berth at the worlds in the over-78-kg division by beating Megumi Tachimoto in the final. It was Asahina's first national crown and she ...

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

More Sports / Judo Dec 4, 2016

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

Sara Asahina defeated 16-year-old Akira Sone after an extra period in the final of the women's over-78-kg category to claim her maiden Grand Slam Tokyo crown on Sunday. In the repeat of the Kodokan Cup final three weeks ago, 20-year-old Asahina again came out on ...