Edition No. 34. Winter, 2003. Today is
 

Kano Cup 2003
Tokyo, Japan: Jan 11- 12, 2003
In the -60kg final, Takeshi Ogawa JPN scored waza-ari
awasete ippon victory over Elchin Ismayilov of AZE.

The 2003 Jigoro Kano Cup International Judo Tournament was held on January 11th and 12th 2003 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. For the first time in the history of the Kano Cup, the Golden Score (sudden death scoring victory) was used. This was also the first time in Japan. Attending the 2003 Kano Cup, representing the International Judo Federation (IJF), were its President, Yong Sung Park of Korea, Vice President, Yoshinori Takeuchi of Japan, Vice President, Jaime Casanova of the Dominican Republic and Education Director, Ryozo Nakamura of Japan.

Left: Yasuyuki Muneta, pinned Sydney Olympic Bronze medalist Tamerlan Tmenov RUS in the semifinals and then defeated Takahashi with this Ippon in the +100kg final "I've still got a lot of work to do," said Muneta. "I may have got the win today but I'm not satisfied with my performance." Japan won all three weight classes on the final day of the Kano Cup international judo tournament.

Right: -81 kg Akiyame JPN throws Ono JPN for Waza-ari before pinning him to win the semifinal.

A total of 142 fighters from 30 member National Federations participated in this year's event.

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- 60 Kg

1. OGAWA, Tkashi (JPN)
2. ISMAYILOV, Elchin (AZE)
3. YONETOMI, Kazurou (JPN)
3. TOKUNO, Kazuhiko (JPN)

- 66 Kg
1. TORI, Tomoo (JPN)
2. KIM, Hyung Ju (KOR)
3. CHOI, Min Ho (KOR)
3. TERAI, Takashi (JPN)

- 73 Kg
1. KANAMARU, Yuusuke (JPN)
2. TAKAMATSU, Masahiro (JPN)
3. AKBAROV, Egamnazar (UZB)
3. TANAKA, Hidemasa (JPN)

- 81 Kg
1. NAKAMURA, Kenzo (JPN)
2. AKIYAMA, Yoshihiro (JPN)
3. RAJABLI, Elkhan (AZE)
3. MURATA, Ryuichi (JPN)

- 90 Kg
1. YAZAKI, Yuta (JPN)
2. IZUMI, Hiroshi (JPN)
3. HWANG, Hee Tae (KOR)
3. DELOK, Vitcheslav (RUS)

- 100 Kg
1. SUZUKI, Keiji (JPN)
2. GILL, Nicolas (CAN)
3. SHOJI, Takeo (JPN)
3. INOUE, Tomokazu (JPN)

+ 100 Kg
1. MUNETA, Yasuyuki (JPN)
2. TAKAHASHI, Hiroaki (JPN)
3. MURAMOTO, Tatsuhiro (JPN)
3. TMENOV, Tamerlan (RUS)
 
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