Emotion in Japan as judo king retires


TOKYO: Japanese fans hailed three-time Olympic champion Tadahiro Nomura as a “wonderful judoka” as his retirement because of injuries prompted an emotional response. Nomura, the first person to win three Olympic judo titles in a row, quit after his final match at the All-Japan Corporate Individual Championships, saying he has reached his “physical limit” after repeated injuries. The 40-year-old judoka, who was in the under-60 kilogram men’s section, won gold medals in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004.



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