Japan, the instigators of judo, had a clean sweep of all six gold medals at the eighth World Judo Championships in Lausanne this week.
SV AND CU NO.219 ROUGE (FRANCE) FIGHTING NO.246 PERSON (USA)
CU ZOOM OUT ROUGE THROWS PERSON TO WIN CONTEST AND PLAYERS BOW
LV UMEURA (260 - JAPAN) FIGHTING NIMONIYA (252 - JAPAN) IN FINAL
SV NIMONIYA ATTEMPTS TO THROW UMEURA
CU PLAYERS GRAPPLING ON GROUND
LV NIMONIYA MOUNTS WINNERS' ROSTRUM AND RECEIVES MEDAL
CU AND LV JAPANESE FLAGS RAISED IN FIRST AND SECOND PLACES
ROUGE (FRANCE) FIGHTS AND DEFEATS PERSON (USA) IN THIRD ROUND: NIMONIYA (JAPAN) FIGHTS AND DEFEATS UMEURA (JAPAN) IN FINALS AND RECEIVES MEDAL: JAPANESE FLAGS FOR 1ST AND SECOND.
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Background: Japan, the instigators of judo, had a clean sweep of all six gold medals at the eighth World Judo Championships in Lausanne this week.
The victory helped salve the pride of the Japanese whose competitors were severely oritioleed at home when they only won half the six titles at last year's Munich Olympics.
The re-assertion of their total domination of Judo was a result of superior technique being used against often stronger opponents. The most severe competition to them dame from Eastern Europe -- Dimitri Nijaradize (USS???) and Distmar Hostges (East Germany) were the only two non-Japanese to reach the finals.
This year is the first time since 1965 that the Japanese have taken all the gold medals.
SYNOPSIS: In the open category of the eighth World Judo Championship in Lausanne, Jean-Luc Rouge of France takes on Lee Person of the United States, in the fourth round. The championships were dominated this year by Japan -- originators of the sport -- who made a clean sweep of all six Gold Medals for the first time since 1965.
Rouge went on to the semi-finals before being defeated by the ultimate winner, H. Nimoniya of Japan. Rouge won his third round contest against Person by Ippon.
But when it came to the final it was Japan v Japan -- Haruki Umeura against Nimoniya. In fact only Dimitri Nijeradize of the Soviet Union and East Germany's Dietmar Hoeges provided opposition to Japan in any final.
Back to the final itself and Nimoniya tries unsuccessfully to throw his fellow countryman Umeura.
In the end Nimoniya had to settle for a points win in the final he'd beaten Rouge by Ippon in the semi-final.
So it was another win for Japan in the Open event, a salve for their pride after last year's Munich Olympics when their competitors came under sever criticism for only taking home half of the six titles.