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Friday, 2nd May 2008
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Judo champion retires

Japanese judo legend Kosei Inoue has announced his retirement from the sport after nearly a decade at the top.

The 29-year-old made the decision following his failure to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after being defeated in the All Japan Judo Championship in the quarter final stage - an event he won three consecutive times between 2001 and 2003.

At a press conference in Tokyo Inoue commented: "I have decided that this year will be my last. I have no regrets concerning my judo career."

Under the eye of his former mentor Yasuhiro Yamashita, Inoue added that he intends to study in the UK for the next two years and aims to become a qualified judo coach in the future.

Over the course of his career Inoue won gold at many major judo events, including the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and the Munich 2001 and Osaka 2003 World Championships.

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