All Japan Judo Championship 2016 SPORTS JAPAN SPECIAL


All Japan Judo Championship 2016 also served as the final qualifying tournament for the 100kg+ heavyweight class at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With an Olympics place up for grabs, all of the judoka were extremely fired up. Two of the most favored contenders were Hisayoshi Harasawa and his rival Ryu Shichinohe. Harasawa is ranked 2nd in the world by the International Judo Federation and Shichinohe is ranked 4th. We present a digest of this battle to represent Japan on the international stage.