Japan's impressive form at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Tokyo Grand Slam continued today as they collected a further two gold medals to move comfortably clear at the top of the medal standings.
Akimoto Hiroyuki was the man to secure the first of these two gold medals, defeating team mate Ono Shohei in an all-Japanese under 73 kilogram final.
Just a single yuko score was enough for Akimoto to better his compatriot, a world champion in in 2013, as he continues to show why he is one of the best judoka in the world.
Junior world champion An Changrim of South Korea was back among the medals in Tokyo as he secured the first of the bronze medals in this division with victory against Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov, while Hungary's London 2012 silver medallist Miklos Ungvari took the other with a win over Israel's Sagi Muki.
Nagase Takanori added Japan's second gold after he beat United Arab Emirates' Sergiu Toma in the under 81kg final.
After beating reigning world champion Avtandili Tchrikishvili in the semi-finals, Nagase proved too strong for Toma, defending the title he picked up 12 months ago with a golden score victory.
Japan were denied a further medal in the weight category after Maruyama Goki was defeated by Germany's former world champion Alexander Wieczerzak with an ippon in the opening minute of the encounter.
Georgian world champion Tchrikishvili bounced back from his shock defeat to Nagase to win the second bronze medal with a brilliant ippon against Brazil's Victor Penalber with less than minute on the clock.
It took mere seconds for Slovenian top seed Tina Trstenjak to secure the women's under 63kg gold medal as she defeated Italy's Edwige Gwend.
The starting bell had hardly finishing ringing when the World Championship bronze medallist countered her Italian opponent to fling her for ippon and tie up gold I nthe final Grand Slam of the season.
Bronze medals here went to Japan's Nishikawa Maho and Anicka Van Emden of The Netherlands after shido penalty victories against Russia's Pari Surakatova and Germany's Martyna Trajdos respectively.
The final gold medal was picked up by France's two-time world champion Gevrise Emane after she bested Japan's Tachimoto Haruka in the under 70kg final.
The French star proved that she is still among the best in the world with a dominant showing in this final, giving her opponent no opportunities to cause any problems.
Canada's Kelita Zupancic caused yet more heartache for the home supporters as she landed a last gasp ippon to defeat Nun IRA Karen in the furst bronze medal bout.
Laura Vargas Koch proved too strong for her team mate Zaundra Diedrich in the second bronze medal final as she came out on top of this all-German match up to ensure she didn't travel home empty handed.
Action is due to continue in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium tomorrow with five weight categories taking to the tatami.
On the women's side there will be action from the under 78 and over 78kg divisions, while judoka at under 90kg, under 100kg and over 100kg will go toe to toe in the men's.
Watch the latest action on Judo TV here.
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