Japan has proved itself a heavyweight in the art of Judo. Japanese competitors have dominated?
Japan has proved itself a heavyweight in the art of Judo. Japanese competitors have dominated the World Judo Championships in Paris. They captured four gold medals ahead of the Soviet Union's two and France's one.
SYNOPSIS: Before the competition the Japanese squad leader predicted his team would take home five hold medals, but that prediction was spoiled by Frenchman Thierry Rey. In a surprise result he scored a third round victory over Yasuhiko Moriwaki, ending Japan's hopes of picking up a gold in the Flyweight section.. Rey went on to win the medal with a decision over South Korea's Kao Woo Jong in the Flyweight final. Rey has the number 231.
Japan was quick to recover from their unexpected setback in the Flyweight division. 1975 world heavyweight champion Sumio Endo scored Japan's fourth gold medal with a victory over the Soviet Union's vitaly Kuznetsov in the open class. He did it with a spectacular throw.
Endo's victory underlined japan's emergence in the heavier divisions. The final medal tally gave Japan four golds and three bronze, Russia two golds, one silver and bronze, and France one gold, four silvers, one bronze.