Monday, 13th December 2010
Japan performs well at judo Grand slam
Japanese athletes have performed well on the first day of the Grand Slam Tokyo judo event.
The host nation team secured four out of the possible four totals on offer during the opening day of the tournament, reports AFP.
World champion Yuka Nishida beat fellow Japanese fighter AnzuYamamoto in the women's under-52kg final and Masaaki Fukuoka defeated the Russian Musa Mogushkov of Russia in the men's under-66kg final.
The other two title bouts were all Japanese affairs with the men's under-60kg final seeing Hirofumi Yamamoto defeating Toru Shishime by an ippon.
Former world champion Tomoko Fukumi also won by an ippon against Kaori Kondo in the women's under-48kg.
The Grand Slam Tokyo, formally the Jigoro Kano Cup Tokyo International Judo Tournament, is being held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Sendagaya, Shibuya. The venue hosted the gymnastics events of the 1964 Summer Olympics but has since been rebuilt to provide top quality facilities for athletes.
Written by Susan Ballion