Ryoko Tani Judoka

Ryoko Tani

Ryoko Tani

  • Country:Japan
  • Born:6 September 1975 (45 years)
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Ryoko Tani nee Tamura, maybe the best female judoka ever in judo. The Japanese lightweight was seven times World Champion U48kg and won two Olympic titles in 2000 and 2004. She lost the finals of 1992 and 1996. She is superstar and politician in Japan.
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Throwback: Japanese legends Nomura and Tani captured gold at 16-9

16 Sep 2020 21:20

That special day in 2000, exactly 20 years ago, when both Japanese legends Ryoko Tani and Tadahiro Nomura won the Olympic title in Sydney. JudoInside witnessed that amazing Japanese first Olympic day in Darling Harbour. We throwback to 16 September 2000, drawn up by Barnaby Chesterman for the World of Judo Magazine. Read more

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The Ambition of Ryoko Tani: at least a gold medal

27 May 2020 13:20

In every day and age, there are people who pioneer uncharted territory. They are often referred to as trailblazers. In this series, we look back on athletes who led the way for Japan and delivered unprecedented success for the nation. In the fifth part of this series, we focus on judoka Tani Ryoko (nee Tamura), who fought in five consecutive Olympic Games from Barcelona 1992, winning medals at all in the women’s 48kg. Read more

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Double Olympic Champion Ryoko Tani promoted from 4th to 6th Dan

15 Jan 2018 14:10

Retired Japanese judo phenomenon and politician Ryoko Tani has been promoted from fourth to sixth dan, accomplishing the rare feat of skipping black-belt ranks based on time in grade and service to the sport. Tani is 7-times World Champion and double Olympic Champion. Read more

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Report of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Day 1

16 Sep 2000 00:00

The darling of Japanese judo, Ryoko Tamura and her compatriot, Tadahiro Nomura secured a bantamweight double for the home of judo on the first day of the 27th Olympiad in Sydney. The stadium felt like a little Japan as Tamura's fans flooded almost every seat in the arena. She sent them into fits of ecstasy in the -48kgs final as she quickly disposed on her plucky Russian challenger, Lioubov Brouletova, in just 25 seconds with a swift Uchi-mata for Ippon. Nomura then followed her in even more impressive fashion by despatching Bu-Kyung Jung of South Korea in just 10 seconds in the -60kgs final, although Jung later said in the press conference that he felt the throw merited just a Waza-ari. Read more

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Report World Championships Birmingham Day 4

10 Oct 1999 22:30

This day at the World Championships in Birmingham was always going to be dominated by the diminutive Ryoko Tamura (JPN) and she delivered in emphatic fashion. Tamura was electric all day. A constant bundle of energy she stormed to her fourth consecutive world title at one weight category (-48kg), thus equalling a record set by the great Ingrid Bergmans. When Tamura clinched her gold medal with a unanimous decision in the final, the clamour of Japanese photographers eager to snap their national darling threatened to delay the remaining finals. Read more

Result City Date
3Beijing2008
2Fukuoka2008
1Rio de Janeiro2007
2Fukuoka2007
1Athens2004

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