Chizuru Arai retains 70-kg world title

More Sports / Judo Sep 25, 2018

Chizuru Arai retains 70-kg world title

Chizuru Arai defended her title at the World Judo Championships on Monday, becoming the first Japanese woman in 15 years to win back-to-back titles in the 70-kg division. Arai defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Marie Eve Gahie of France in 90 seconds in the final ...

Arai captures 70-kg gold

More Sports / Judo Sep 2, 2017

Arai captures 70-kg gold

Japan resumed its gold medal rush at the world championships on Friday, when Chizuru Arai won her weight division, while defending champion Mami Umeki grabbed silver in the women's 78-kg class. Arai won the women's 70-kg championship over Puerto Rico's Maria Perez. Arai secured her ...

Nagase falls short in title defense at worlds

More Sports / Judo Sep 1, 2017

Nagase falls short in title defense at worlds

Takanori Nagase failed to defend the men's 81-kg title at the World Judo Championships on Thursday, stopping Japan's medal run by making a fourth-round exit against Uzbekistan's Davlat Bobonov. Nagase, who won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, lost on ...

Hashimoto continues Japan's golden run

More Sports / Judo Aug 31, 2017

Hashimoto continues Japan's golden run

Soichi Hashimoto won the men's 73-kg gold medal at the world championships on Wednesday, when fellow worlds debutant Tsukasa Yoshida settled for silver. In his final, Hashimoto defeated Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov, the silver medalist at last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Japan has now won ...