Double delight for Japan at judo worlds
Japan won both golds on offer in Astana on Wednesday on the third day of the world judo championships to take control of the medals table.
Astana: Japan won both golds on offer in Astana on Wednesday on the third day of the world judo championships to take control of the medals table.
Shohei Ono of Japan won the title in the men`s 73kg category, defeating countryman Riki Nakaya in the final.
The win means that Ono takes the one slot allocated to Japan for next year`s Olympics in Rio with Nakaya, the defending champion in Astana and Olympic silver medallist missing out.
The bronze medals went to South Korea`s An Chang-Rim and Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal of Mongolia.
Olympic champion Kaori Matsumoto of Japan won the women`s 57kg category golf, defeating Romania`s Corina Caprioriu in the final.
The bronze medals went to Automne Pavia of France and Mongolia`s Sumiya Dorjsuren
Both Ono and Matsumoto won world championship gold medals for the second time in their career.
Japan have now won three of the six gold medals accounted for with Argentina and South Korea taking one apiece and hosts Kazakhstan the other.