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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 Matic in the semifinals before losing ...

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 ...

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 ...

Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Apr 6, 2014

Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Reigning world champion Shohei Ono beat rival and London Olympic silver medalist Riki Nakaya by ippon in the men’s 73-kg final to claim his maiden title at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Sunday. The 22-year-old Ono executed a well-timed “ukiotoshi” floating drop ...

Kamikawa regains national judo title

Apr 5, 2014

Kamikawa regains national judo title

London Olympian Daiki Kamikawa won his second over-100-kg title on Saturday on the first day of the national invitational weight-class championships. Kamikawa produced a come-from-behind victory in the closing seconds of the final with a wazaari to defeat Ryu Shichinohe. It was Kamikawa’s first ...

Feb 9, 2014

Judoka Yamamoto tops Udaka for 57-kg title at Paris Grand Slam

Anzu Yamamoto defeated compatriot Nae Udaka to win the women’s 57-kg title on Saturday, the first day of the Paris Grand Slam. Emi Yamagishi won the women’s 48-kg crown for Japan. On the men’s side, Shinji Kido was third in the 60-kg class, while ...

Nov 30, 2013

Japan judoka continue domination at Tokyo Grand Slam

Host Japan delivered another thunderous display of dominance, winning all four weight classes on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam on Saturday. It was the second day in a row Japan swept the gold medals in its own backyard after claiming five ...

Japan dominates on Tokyo Grand Slam judo opening day

Nov 29, 2013

Japan dominates on Tokyo Grand Slam judo opening day

Host Japan got off to a perfect start at the Tokyo Grand Slam on Friday, winning all five divisions contested on the first day at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Naohisa Takato beat South Korea’s Kim Won-jin in the men’s 60-kg final by ippon. It was ...

Nov 12, 2013

Former world champion judoka Ueno decides to retire

Yoshie Ueno, a former world champion and London Olympic bronze medalist, formally announced her retirement from competitive judo on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Ueno, who was third in the 63-kg division at London last summer and won the worlds back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, will ...

Teenage judoka Asahina claims Kodokan Cup title

Nov 9, 2013

Teenage judoka Asahina claims Kodokan Cup title

High school student Sara Asahina won the women’s over-78-kg class in a decision on Saturday, the first day of judo’s Kodokan Cup at Chiba Port Arena. It was the 17-year-old’s first title at the event that is used to select the squad for next ...