On the last day of the Tokyo Grand Slam, judo fans witnessed intense battles in the last eight categories.
Among the -48kgMiyaki Kano once again confirmed Japan’s dominance, beating fellow countryman Tatsukawa Rina on waza-ari.
Watanabe Morinari, President of the International Gymnastics Federation and IOC member, presented the medals to the winners.
In the +78kgOlympic champion Sone Akira made her comeback from the Tokyo Olympics, and it was as if she had never been absent.
She won gold beating her compatriot with a powerful pinfall technique. His medal was given to him by Dr Settimo Nizzi, Mayor of Olbia in Italy.
“It’s great that there are many people who follow my judo, not only nationally but also internationally. I believe that many of my opponents also observe my judo and the analysis. So I have to become stronger and work harder. I also thank the supporters who support me, it gives me a lot of strength”, I explained Sone Akira.
In the -100kg category, Italy has put an end to the domination of the Japanese! In the final, young Gennaro Pirelli surprised Iida Kentaro.
IJF Vice-President and President of the African Judo Union, Siteny Randrianasoloniaiko, presented the medals.
“I can’t believe it, coming here and getting a medal was my goal and my coach’s goal. I can’t find the words, I’m so happy that’s all”, said the Italian judoka.
In the -52 kg categoryAbe Uta made it to the final thanks to a formidable run.
As in the 2018 Worlds, she found herself facing her compatriot Shishime Ai, and like four forwards, she won the gold medal.
His medal was presented to him by the IJF General Secretary, Jean Luc Rougé.
South Korea in gold
South Korea also took the top step of the podium with Seungbeom Jeon winning gold in the -60kg category.
In the -66 kgit was the double world champion Maruyama who won the gold and Takayama Rika beat the Olympic champion Hamada Shori on the floor in the -78kg category.
Ota Hyoga capped off an incredible day by defeating the former world champion of +100 kg, Kageura Kokoro.
Japanese judokas won 12 gold medals at the Grand Slam in Tokyo: a phenomenal feat.
The public of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium was at the rendezvous during the two days of competition. Many judo fans came to support their champions.