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 ...

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

More Sports / Judo Aug 30, 2017

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

Ai Shishime defeated Natsumi Tsunoda in an all-Japan final of the women's 52-kg competition at the world judo championships Tuesday, while countryman Hifumi Abe claimed the gold medal in the men's 66 kg. Shishime, 23, claimed an ippon victory over 25-year-old Tsunoda with an uchimata ...

Takato, Tonaki claim gold at world championships

More Sports / Judo Aug 29, 2017

Takato, Tonaki claim gold at world championships

Judoka Naohisa Takato and Funa Tonaki won gold medals in their respective categories, while Ami Kondo settled for bronze as the world championships got underway Monday. Takato, the 2013 world champion and bronze medalist at last year's Rio Olympics, downed Pavel Petrikov of the Czech ...

Abe aims high at world championships

More Sports / Judo Aug 24, 2017

Abe aims high at world championships

Hifumi Abe said Thursday he hopes to take a first step toward a coveted Olympic gold as he looks to shake off not being selected for the Rio Olympics by becoming the 66-kg world judo champion. Speaking to reporters at Narita airport before heading to ...

More Sports / Judo Aug 31, 2015

Japan earns team sweeps on final day at worlds

Japan concluded the World Judo Championships in style on Sunday, winning both the men's and women's team competitions at the same meet for the first time. The Japanese women, led by 52-kg chamnpion Misato Nakamura, prevailed for the first time in two years after strolling ...

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

More Sports / Judo Aug 27, 2015

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Takanori Nagase defeated Frenchman Loic Pietri to win the men's under-81-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Thursday. It was Nagase's first world title and Japan's second gold medal in the men's competition here following Shohei Ono's win in the 73-kg division on ...