Ebinuma triumphs in 66-kg final

first_imgJudoka Masashi Ebinuma beat South Korean Kim Joo Jin in the men’s 66-kg final to claim the title at the Grand Slam Tokyo meet on Friday.Japanese judoka won all four weight categories in men’s and women’s action on the first day of the three-day meet at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Two-time Olympic champion Masato Uchishiba, however, lost by ippon in a quarterfinal match against South Korean An Jeong Hwan, who deployed a well-timed scooping throw for the win.The 19-year-old Ebinuma, who won the Kodokan Cup national weight-class championships last month, beat An in the semifinals. At 60 kg, Masaaki Fukuoka prevailed against world silver medalist Hiroaki Hiraoka to claim the title.On the women’s side, Beijing Olympic silver medalist Maki Tsukada won the over 78-kg title, while 19-year-old Akari Ogata defeated compatriot Sayaka Anai in the 78-kg final. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img


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