Day one of competition of the Judo Grand Slam in Tokyo.
In the women’s under 48 kilo category Haruna Asami took on Cuba’s Mestre Alvarez in the final and backed by the home crowd came out a deserved winner finishing off the bout with a sankaku-jime and hold.
The all Japanese under 52 kilo bout pitted Yuki Hashimoto against Nodoka Tanimoto, the pair engaged in a hectic bout as Tanimoto tried in vain to claw herself back after falling behind early. Still Hashimoto held on for the win.
In the men’s under 60 kilo category Hironori Ishikawa fought Naohisa Takato.
From his time as Japan’s cadet judo champion Ishikawa has been earmarked for stardom and he repaid those who had faith in him with a kata-guruma, kata-guruma combination for ippon.
Frenchman David Larose was up against Jumpei Morishita in the men’s under 66 kilo final. The Japanese piled on the pressure from the start with Larose fending off the attacks time after time, until an uchi-mata ended French hopes and gave the Japanese another victory.