The Japanese National Judo team completed their clean sweep of the Third Asian Judo Championships in Seoul on Monday (4th November) by taking the Open Weight title.
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Background: The Japanese National Judo team completed their clean sweep of the Third Asian Judo Championships in Seoul on Monday (4th November) by taking the Open Weight title. They had collected all five of their other weight classes earlier in the three-day championship meet.
Out of an initial field of 12 in the Open class the strongest fighting was shown in the quarter-finals by the relative outsiders -- Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan.
The two Indonesian entrants were quickly knocked out of the running -- Indonesia's Surya and Rochili by Hong Kong's Lee Chung-thi and Chung Wing-lok respectively. But Lee was put out of the competition by Garcia of the Philippines and, in one of the more exciting bouts of the tourney, Taiwan's Chioutung-ya stopped Chung.
The Philippines' chances of snatching victory from the dominating South Korean and Japanese teams were put to an end when Dyogi of the Philippines took a defeat from Cho Jeo-ki of Korea. Cho himself was then ousted by Japan's judo strong man Fujii. Shozo Fujii then went on to capture the title itself from fellow-countryman Sumio Endo.
About 40 judoists from nine countries took part in the Seoul Championships which ended on Monday with the medal-ceremony. The First Asian tournament was held in Manila in 1966 and the Second in Taiwan in 1970. Jakarta will host the Fourth Championships in 1978.