Six Months To Go To Tokyo 2020


Stars Hanada, Ono and Arai help seal the deal for Japan in IJF World Championships mixed team event

Stars Hanada, Ono and Arai help seal the deal for Japan in IJF World Championships mixed team event

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Shori Hamada pinned Madeleine Malonga to confirm victory for Japan ©Getty Images
Shori Hamada pinned Madeleine Malonga to confirm victory for Japan ©Getty Images
Shohei Ono, white, throws Guillaume Chaine on his way to victory ©Getty Images
Shohei Ono, white, throws Guillaume Chaine on his way to victory ©Getty Images
Chizuru Arai fights Marie-Ève Gahié in the under-70kg category ©Getty Images
Chizuru Arai fights Marie-Ève Gahié in the under-70kg category ©Getty Images
Kokoro Kageura threw Cyrille Maret for ippon in the opening fight to set Japan on their way ©Getty Images
Kokoro Kageura threw Cyrille Maret for ippon in the opening fight to set Japan on their way ©Getty Images
Sarah-Leonie Cysique stunned Tsukasa Yoshida with a 24-second ippon ©Getty Images
Sarah-Leonie Cysique stunned Tsukasa Yoshida with a 24-second ippon ©Getty Images
Axel Clerget, blue, beat Sanshiro Murao to ensure the final went down to the last fight ©Getty Images
Axel Clerget, blue, beat Sanshiro Murao to ensure the final went down to the last fight ©Getty Images
There was a very full podium at the end as Brazil and Russia also collected their bronze medals ©Getty Images
There was a very full podium at the end as Brazil and Russia also collected their bronze medals ©Getty Images
The Japan team celebrate together after claimin a hat-trick of mixed team world golds ©Getty Images
The Japan team celebrate together after claimin a hat-trick of mixed team world golds ©Getty Images
Japan's victory rounded off eight days of fierce competition at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo ©Getty Images
Japan's victory rounded off eight days of fierce competition at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo ©Getty Images

Japanese joy as Sone rounds off IJF World Championships individual competitions with gold

Japanese joy as Sone rounds off IJF World Championships individual competitions with gold

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Akira Sone defeated double world champion and former Olympic gold medallist Idalys Ortiz in the final ©Getty Images
Akira Sone defeated double world champion and former Olympic gold medallist Idalys Ortiz in the final ©Getty Images
The 19-year-old showed energy and persistence to claim a home gold medal ©Getty Images
The 19-year-old showed energy and persistence to claim a home gold medal ©Getty Images
Lukáš Krpálek celebrates after claiming victory in the over-100kg final ©Getty Images
Lukáš Krpálek celebrates after claiming victory in the over-100kg final ©Getty Images
The 28-year-old won his second world title ©Getty Images
The 28-year-old won his second world title ©Getty Images
Krpálek celebrates with the huge group of Czech supporters in the stadium ©Getty Images
Krpálek celebrates with the huge group of Czech supporters in the stadium ©Getty Images
Reigning world champion and top seed Guram Tushishvili of Georgia had looked in strong form but missed out on the medals ©Getty Images
Reigning world champion and top seed Guram Tushishvili of Georgia had looked in strong form but missed out on the medals ©Getty Images
Roy Meyer of the Netherlands does the splits after earning bronze ©Getty Images
Roy Meyer of the Netherlands does the splits after earning bronze ©Getty Images
Sarah Asahina was in tears after winning a medal in her home city of Tokyo ©Getty Images
Sarah Asahina was in tears after winning a medal in her home city of Tokyo ©Getty Images
Brazil's Beatriz Souza suffered an injury mid-fight during her bronze-medal bout ©Getty Images
Brazil's Beatriz Souza suffered an injury mid-fight during her bronze-medal bout ©Getty Images


Agbegnenou wins fourth World Judo Championships gold after sensational final

Agbegnenou wins fourth World Judo Championships gold after sensational final

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Agbegnenou and Toshiro fought for more than 10 minutes before the Frenchwoman finally triumphed ©Getty Images
Agbegnenou and Toshiro fought for more than 10 minutes before the Frenchwoman finally triumphed ©Getty Images
The two friends embrace after Agbegnenou won her fourth World Championship ©Getty Images
The two friends embrace after Agbegnenou won her fourth World Championship ©Getty Images
Sagi Muki won his first world title in the men's under-81kg category ©Getty Images
Sagi Muki won his first world title in the men's under-81kg category ©Getty Images
Muki shouts as he collects the winning point in his final bout ©Getty Images
Muki shouts as he collects the winning point in his final bout ©Getty Images
Muki leaps for delight after beating Belgium's Matthias Casse at the Nippon Budokan ©Getty Images
Muki leaps for delight after beating Belgium's Matthias Casse at the Nippon Budokan ©Getty Images


World number one Saeid Mollaei, in blue, produced below-par performances in the finals to miss out on a medal ©Getty Images
World number one Saeid Mollaei, in blue, produced below-par performances in the finals to miss out on a medal ©Getty Images
Mollaei claimed to have suffered a head injury and wore a blue bandage for later fights ©Getty Images
Mollaei claimed to have suffered a head injury and wore a blue bandage for later fights ©Getty Images
Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak, in white, was disqualified for attempting an illegal move in her semi-final ©Getty Images
Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak, in white, was disqualified for attempting an illegal move in her semi-final ©Getty Images
World number 12 Antoine Valois-Fortier won a bronze medal for Canada ©Getty Images
World number 12 Antoine Valois-Fortier won a bronze medal for Canada ©Getty Images

Mixed night for Abe family at IJF World Championships as Uta wins gold but Hifumi falls short

Mixed night for Abe family at IJF World Championships as Uta wins gold but Hifumi falls short

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Abe threw Natalia Kuziutina just 29 seconds into their final to claim a stunning victory ©Getty Images
Abe threw Natalia Kuziutina just 29 seconds into their final to claim a stunning victory ©Getty Images
Having won the gold 12 months ago in Baku, Abe repeated the feat in front of a home Tokyo crowd ©Getty Images
Having won the gold 12 months ago in Baku, Abe repeated the feat in front of a home Tokyo crowd ©Getty Images
Abe's brother, Hifumi, in blue, lost his world crown in the men's under-66kg competition ©Getty Images
Abe's brother, Hifumi, in blue, lost his world crown in the men's under-66kg competition ©Getty Images
Hifumi Abe suffered defeat to compatriot Joshiro Maruyama in the semi final at Nippon Budokan ©Getty Images
Hifumi Abe suffered defeat to compatriot Joshiro Maruyama in the semi final at Nippon Budokan ©Getty Images
Maruyama, in blue, went on to claim Japan's second gold medal of the night ©Getty Images
Maruyama, in blue, went on to claim Japan's second gold medal of the night ©Getty Images
Maruyama prepares to celebrate after throwing South Korea's Kim Lim-hwan in the final ©Getty Images
Maruyama prepares to celebrate after throwing South Korea's Kim Lim-hwan in the final ©Getty Images
Mejlinda Kelmendi won bronze following a fight with a seven minute injury delay after Joana Ramos, pictured, suffered a broken nose ©Getty Images
Mejlinda Kelmendi won bronze following a fight with a seven minute injury delay after Joana Ramos, pictured, suffered a broken nose ©Getty Images

Italy's Manuel Lombardo celebrates after thinking he has won the bronze medal, only to have the decision overruled by video referee ©Getty Images
Italy's Manuel Lombardo celebrates after thinking he has won the bronze medal, only to have the decision overruled by video referee ©Getty Images
Top seed Vazha Margvelashvili, in white, was stunned in round three by eventual finalist Kim ©Getty Images
Top seed Vazha Margvelashvili, in white, was stunned in round three by eventual finalist Kim ©Getty Images

Gold medals for Georgia and Ukraine on opening day of World Judo Championships

Gold medals for Georgia and Ukraine on opening day of World Judo Championships

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Daria Bilodid has claimed her second world title at the age of just 18 ©Getty Images
Daria Bilodid has claimed her second world title at the age of just 18 ©Getty Images
The Ukrainian was visibly emotional after defeating Funa Tonaki in a second successive world final ©Getty Images
The Ukrainian was visibly emotional after defeating Funa Tonaki in a second successive world final ©Getty Images

Georgia's Lukhumi Chkhvimiani celebrates winning the gold medal after his fight against Uzbekistan's Sharafuddin Lutfillaev ©Getty Images
Georgia's Lukhumi Chkhvimiani celebrates winning the gold medal after his fight against Uzbekistan's Sharafuddin Lutfillaev ©Getty Images
He faced Spain's Francisco Garrigos in round one in a repeat of the 2019 European Games final ©Getty Images
He faced Spain's Francisco Garrigos in round one in a repeat of the 2019 European Games final ©Getty Images
The world number nine added the world title to his continental crown ©Getty Images
The world number nine added the world title to his continental crown ©Getty Images
Men's under-60 kilogram fourth seed Ryuju Nagayama, meanwhile, earned Japan a bronze medal ©Getty Images
Men's under-60 kilogram fourth seed Ryuju Nagayama, meanwhile, earned Japan a bronze medal ©Getty Images
Naohisa Takato, white, missed out on a medal having won the 2017 and 2018 Championships ©Getty Images
Naohisa Takato, white, missed out on a medal having won the 2017 and 2018 Championships ©Getty Images
Men's under-60kg top seed Robert Mshvidobadze of Russia lost his opening fight ©Getty Images
Men's under-60kg top seed Robert Mshvidobadze of Russia lost his opening fight ©Getty Images
The Championships are taking place at Nippon Budokan, which will host judo at the 2020 Olympics ©Getty Images
The Championships are taking place at Nippon Budokan, which will host judo at the 2020 Olympics ©Getty Images