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Japanese judoka showcased the nation's abundant talent in the sport at the 2022 World Judo Championships.
Japan captured 13 medals (six gold, four silver, three bronze) before the meet concluded on Thursday, October 13 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. France was second in total medals (five), including three bronze. Brazil and tourney host Uzbekistan finished runner-up in gold medals with two apiece.
Of the 14 individual weight categories (seven for men, seven for women), Japan collected a medal in all but three of them ― women's 78 kg, men's 90 kg and men's 100 kg.
Japan won the mixed team event on the final day.
Before that, there were memorable accomplishments on a daily basis for the Hinomaru throughout the eight-day tournament. In the end, five Japanese athletes left Tashkent as individual gold medalists: female standouts Natsumi Tsunoda (48 kg), Uta Abe (52 kg) and Megumi Horikawa (63 kg) and male compatriots Naohisa Takato (60 kg) and Hifumi Abe (66 kg).
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Author: Ed Odeven
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