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JUDO NEWS: Day-1 "All Japan Judo Championships by Weight Category" Harasawa defeats Shichinohe captures maiden title at national invitational weight class

Heavyweight Hisayoshi Harasawa captured his first national invitational weight class championship title in the over 100-kilogram division on Saturday.

[Men's 100kg more than class final Harasawa vs Shichinohe] 2016 All Japan Judo selection body weight by Championships | Judo channel

Last year's all-Japan national champion Harasawa defeated Ryu Shichinohe on points in the final at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on the first day of the meet that serves as the final qualifier for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In the 90-kg class, Daiki Nishiyama beat Mashu Baker and Aaron Wolf won the 100-kg, with both Nishiyama and Wolf claiming their maiden titles.

[Women's 70kg class final Chizuru vs Haruka Tachimoto] 2016 All Japan Judo selection body weight by Championships | Judo channel

On the women's side, London Olympian Haruka Tachimoto won the 70-kg title for the second year in a row while Kanae Yamabe won the over 78-kg crown for the first time in two years. Last year's world silver medalist Megumi Tachimoto lost in the over 78-kg semifinals.

[Women's 78kg class final Akari Ogata vs Sato 瑠香] 2016 All Japan Judo selection body weight by Championships | Judo channel

Mami Umeki, the 2015 world champion, tasted defeat in the semifinals of the 78-kg division, with Ruika Sato winning the title for the third time. Aimi Nouchi won her first title in the 63-kg class.

[Women's 63kg class final Nochi Aimi vs Megumi Tsugane] 2016 All Japan Judo selection body weight by Championships | Judo channel

SOURCES: Kyodo News & Judo Channel 

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