The latest Judo News offered by

Kosei Inoue: Japanese mixed team gold give good outlook for future

23 Oct 2017 16:20

 IJF Media Department / judo news, photos, videos and results

Japan took their imperious form from the individual categories into the first Mixed Team event at the Junior World Championships as they won gold on the last day of the competition. The scintillating mixed team event will be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme as countries see their best men and women link-up with national pride, international acclaim and silverware all at stake.

Russia won the first ever Mixed Team gold at the Cadet World Championships in August before Japan clinched the senior version in Budapest and now again at junior level.

The first Junior Mixed Team event featured eight judoka in a team (four men and four women) in the following weight categories: W -48kg, M -60kg, W -57kg, M -73kg, W -70kg, M -90kg, W +70 and M +90kg.

Japan overpowered the field of 16 teams to win the junior team title with a merciless display as they made sure that the Japanese anthem would be the only one played on the last day of the event.

Japan’s head coach Kosei Inoue said he was pleased with the team and individual results but that there was still room for improvement.

 “I am happy with the results and what I have seen here in Zagreb,” said the Sydney 2000 Olympic champion and three-time world champion.

 “The women’s team won six of the eight medals available but the men’s team only won two gold medals. I hope they can show more in the future but today everybody did well in the team event.

 “The team event is very important for Japan, it is important to bring these titles back to Japan and to represent our country with pride and a strong performance.

 “We are now preparing for the Kodokan Cup 2017 which is a key domestic event and offers judoka the chance to earn a place at the Tokyo Grand Slam. From there, by winning a medal at the Tokyo Grand Slam, Japanese judoka will earn international selections for events such as the Paris Grand Slam and Düsseldorf Grand Prix.”

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Kosei Inoue (JPN) - World Team Championships Budapest (2017, GEO) - © Boris Teofanovic
  • Masahiko Tomouchi (JPN) - World U21 Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - ©, judo news, photos, videos and results
  • Uta Abe (JPN) - World Junior Mixed Team Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - © Samira Rohn

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Judo brand Fighting Films celebrates 30 Years

24 Jan 2018 10:25

2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of Fighting Films and it’s a proud milestone. Fighting Films is a renowned name throughout the world of Judo, it may surprise you to know that this leading producer and supplier of Judo videos are in fact a small family run company. Based in Bristol, UK, they were founded by Simon Hicks, a black belt and second-generation judoka and a legend in his work. Read more


Uta Abe youngest winner at the Kodokan Cup in Chiba

13 Nov 2017 10:30

This weekend annual the Kodokan Cup was held in Chiba. Teenager Uta Abe, the 17-year-old women’s world junior 52 kg champion, won her first title, defeating Rina Tatsukawa in the final. Read more


Kosei Inoue never stopped pushing for the ippon

30 Oct 2017 16:20

In Japan, where judo is more than just a sport, Kosei Inoue is no ordinary athlete. He is one of the stars from the past and the current head coach of Japan’s Olympic team. Essentially unbeatable between 1999 and 2003, the half-heavyweight judoka won three world titles and Olympic gold, placing him among the greatest of all time. Read more


Japan benefits from new rules in judo

14 Feb 2017 13:55

Rule changes recently adopted by the International Judo Federation to make the sport more exciting, as well as more understandable to the casual fan, made their debut at last weekend’s Paris Grand Slam. If the results from that tournament are any indication, Japan seems to benefit from the modifications with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looming three years away. Read more

2015-12-10 Kosei Inoue

Kosei Inoue releaved with bounce-back feat of 7 medals

23 Aug 2016 17:05

The Land of the Rising Sun achieved a bounce-back feat: winning a medal in all seven weight classes, including two gold medals in the men’s category. Men’s judo coach Kosei Inoue could not help but shed tears in front of everyone after the last final. Inoue’s tears exemplified just how heavy a burden the 2000 Sydney gold medalist had to shoulder in his mission to reconstruct the men’s team after it suffered the humiliation of failing to win even one gold medal at the 2012 London Games. Read more

Inside Judo Coach

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Rio de Janeiro2016
Result City Date
1St. Petersburg2017


First description Second description Third description Four description

Inside Judo Coach