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Tachimoto claims title at nationals

Judoka Megumi Tachimoto defeated rival Kanae Yamabe with a flag decision in the final to win her first career title at the women’s national championship on Sunday. Tachimoto, 26, beat Yamabe, 24, the same opponent she lost to in last year’s final in the open weight competition, which doubled as ...

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Ebinuma picks up more judo gold

Three-time judo world champion Masashi Ebinuma defeated Kengo Takaichi in the men’s 66-kg final at the national invitational weight-class championships ...

Ex-Olympic judo champ Saito dies

Jan 20, 2015

Ex-Olympic judo champ Saito dies

Hitoshi Saito, a two-time Olympic judo champion and head of the All Japan Judo Federation’s committee for enhancement, died of intrahepatic bile duct cancer Tuesday in Osaka, an AJJF official said. He was 54. Saito won gold medals at two consecutive Olympic Games, in ...

Inamori prevails against Asahina for 78-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Dec 7, 2014

Inamori prevails against Asahina for 78-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Nami Inamori scored an ippon against countrywoman Sara Asahina to capture the women’s over 78-kilogram category at the Grand Slam Tokyo judo tournament on Sunday. The 21-year-old Inamori executed an ouchigari inner leg sweep against the 18-year-old Asahina for her first career Grand Slam ...

Akimoto outduels Ono for 73-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Dec 6, 2014

Akimoto outduels Ono for 73-kg title at Grand Slam Tokyo

Hiroyuki Akimoto defeated 2013 world champion Shohei Ono on points to claim the title in the men’s 73-kg category at the Grand Slam Tokyo on Saturday. The 28-year-old Akimoto captured the title for the first time in three years and second time overall. “I ...

Japan claims two golds in judo

| Sep 22, 2014

Japan claims two golds in judo

by Dave Hueston

Japan took two of the top podium spots of the five gold medals on offer in the judo competition, but still fell below expectations at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday. On the third day of competition, perhaps the most intriguing ...

Sep 1, 2014

Japan wins team title at judo worlds

World silver medalist Ryu Shichinohe pulled off a dramatic ippon win at over 100 kg to clinch victory for Japan’s men’s team in the final over local favorite Russia at the world judo championships on Sunday. The Japanese squad, which beat Russia by a ...

Aug 31, 2014

Judoka Shichinohe grabs silver in over-100 kg division at worlds

Ryu Shichinohe won a silver medal on Saturday in the men’s over-100 kg division at the World Judo Championships. Shichinohe secured at least a silver when he defeated Brazil’s David Moura by ippon in the semifinals. Shichinohe, however, lost in the final to France’s ...

Nun Ira collects silver at judo worlds

Aug 29, 2014

Nun Ira collects silver at judo worlds

Karen Nun Ira won the silver medal in the women’s under-70 kg class on Friday, the fifth day of the World Judo Championships. The 23-year-old Nun Ira, making her first appearance at the world championships and ranked 38th in the world, defeated Croatia’s Barbara ...

Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Aug 28, 2014

Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Miku Tashiro fell in the women’s under 63-kg semifinals on Thursday, but won a bronze medal at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Tashiro lost by ippon to Israel’s Yarden Gerbi, who was in turn defeated in the final by France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou. Tashiro ...

Aug 28, 2014

Nakaya, Udaka collect judo golds

Riki Nakaya and Nae Udaka both struck gold respectively in the men’s 73-kg and women’s 57-kg divisions at the world championships on Wednesday. Nakaya, a silver medalist at the London Olympics, defeated Hong Kuk-hyon of North Korea by ippon to win his second career ...

Aug 26, 2014

Tokyo expected to host 2019 or 2020 judo worlds: Vizer

Tokyo will likely host the 2018 or 2019 World Judo Championships as part of the buildup to the 2020 Olympics, International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer said Tuesday. “Paris and Tokyo are candidates,” Vizer said, when asked which cities could host the competition in ...

Judoka Ojitani prevails against Kamikawa for national title

Apr 29, 2014

Judoka Ojitani prevails against Kamikawa for national title

Unheralded youngster Takeshi Ojitani scored an ippon victory in the final against Daiki Kamikawa in the open-weight class all-Japan championship on Tuesday, denying the London Olympian of his first national title. The 21-year-old Ojitani sent Kamikawa to the mat at 4 minutes, 18 seconds ...