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Hamada, Wolf add 2 more judo gold for Japan

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I am floored by how fast Hamada pulled Ippons in both semi and final. Japan is really on a roll with Judo.

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Stoked for Aaron you could see how much that meant to him. TV Cameraman who shoved his camera right ( centimeters away) in his face as he squatted down after getting off the mat was out of pocket, take it back a few meters you vulture. Give him just a little bit of space. Wonder if he we will hear more about him from now on, and take the pressure off Naomi, when it comes to being a person (who the media want sound bites from) of mixed parentage in Japan, and especially since he is fluent and lived here his whole life.

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We are killing it with judo. it's a shame we aren't that good with the archery competitions even though archery is practice a lot here.

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congratulations!

I am always happy when another half or mixed kid (like me) takes a win for Japan.

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Well done to all the athletes!

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I was surprised to learn this morning that Hamada is also a gold medalist in Sambo, which helps to explain her boss-level ground technique. It's pretty rare for Japanese athletes to cross-train disciplines and even more rare for it to be approved of (especially by the conservative judo federation). I hope this helps chip away a little at the "one sport all year" mentality over here. Also, 30 years old? Pretty long in the tooth for a female judoka. Good on her.

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Congrats to both Judo champs. I'm quite surprised but I guess I eat my words about biracial athletes quitting.

On other note, congrats to Mima Ito-Japan for winning Bronze in table tennis women single and Dima Ovtcharov-Germany for ALMOST winning against Ma Long.

Such a good Olympics.

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Hiro

Japan tried but the koreans are too good.

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Congratulations to both champions. Again, I'm shocked by the negative marks given to such positive encouradgement comments - if you don't like they have beaten someone from your country, why don't you encourage those athletes, instead of -1-ing the comments around here?

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HiroToday  07:52 am JST

We are killing it with judo. it's a shame we aren't that good with the archery competitions even though archery is practice a lot here.

Perhaps if Japanese high schools had modern competitive archery clubs rather than the traditional Kyudo-bu, I could agree with you.

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Fighto!

Well, I eat my words. I guess it depends on who they mix with.

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A Lone Wolf. Pretty bad-ass name! Congratulations on the victory!

Awhoooooo!

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Wonderful news. Yet more bread and circuses for the proles!

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Pacific SauryToday  09:24 am JST

A Lone Wolf. Pretty bad-ass name! Congratulations on the victory!

Awhoooooo!

Oh!! It just hit me when you wrote that! I thought there was something about his name but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

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Wild stuff! Congratulations!

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Wonderful news. Yet more bread and circuses for the proles!

isn that why you read the article? People put in tons of hard work in for years, and you reduce them to bread and circuses?

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Congrats to both Judo champs. I'm quite surprised but I guess I eat my words about biracial athletes quitting.

Well done on showing flexibility of thinking and the maturity to admit when your opinion changes. Nice one!

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Congratulations to you! You sure overcame many hurdles. Well deserved.

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More Gold for Japan !!..

Congratulations, Hamada San, Wolf San !!..

おめでとうございます!!!..

GO JAPAN !!..

GO JAPAN !!..

GO JAPAN !!..

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Not a Judo fan here and the rules are pretty arcane to me, but some of these bouts have been fascinating to watch. Congratulations to the right rock-solid medal winners.

You could see how much this meant to Aaron Wolf. Brilliant. And a few days ago I didn’t even know he existed…

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A Lone Wolf. Pretty bad-ass name!

Nice one.....

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Perhaps if Japanese high schools had modern competitive archery clubs rather than the traditional Kyudo-bu, I could agree with you.

neeeehhh.. Japan is never going to get rid of a tradition that is more than a thousand years old..

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A Lone Wolf. Pretty bad-ass name!

Nice one.....

The original Lonely Wolf..

https://i.makeagif.com/media/3-10-2018/FDGIA5.mp4

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At the press conference after the competition, a reporter asked Wolf, "Have you ever had a hard time in the half? at the press conference and tried to get him to criticize Japan.

Wolf replied, "I have never had a hard time in the half," which was probably not the answer the reporter wanted.

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Congratulations!” to Shiori Hamada on HER gold medal. HER hard-work & perseverance have paid off. Well done!

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Congratulations!” to Aaron Wolf on HIS gold medal. - Another Japanese, Tokyo-born child of two ‘cultures’, a Japanese mother and an American father.

Aaron Wolf has expressed HIS desire to the US Embassy is move to the United States of America to improve his English and his dream to the teach judo abroad. He says he cares more about being a respectful human being than he does about being an athlete.

- He says foreign athletes have taught him to respect his opponents. “Even though you play to win during the match, you commend your opponent for a good fight once the match ends. You sincerely respect your opponent even if you lose.”

Best of Wishes on his bright future for Aaron Wolf in America and Japan!

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snowymountainhell

Him not knowing English is probably for the better.

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You seem to do well with it. - Aaron Wolf just wants to continue improving himself throughout life and acknowledge his love for both cultures, and ALL people for that matter. So, perhaps it’s best not go into your previous comments about biracial Japanese?

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But, like you said (*half-heartedly) @8:57 *& 9:16am, IF You’re will willing ‘to eat all Your words’ of prejudice against ALL bi-racial people, perhaps that ‘clean spirit’ can find it’s way to helping get more metals for Your countries athletes?

*- “Congrats to both Judo champs. I'm quite surprised but I guess I eat my words about biracial athletes quitting.” *

*- “Well, I eat my words. I guess it depends on who they mix with.” -*

Don’t you want to fix that? … in the ‘Olympic spirit and all?

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neeeehhh.. Japan is never going to get rid of a tradition that is more than a thousand years old..

We all know. Clinging to traditions without knowing why is more Japan’s speed.

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I am always happy when another half or mixed kid (like me) takes a win for Japan.

I am really bored of this stuff. I am not half of nothing, you are not half of nothing, i am "one", you are "one", everyone is "one". If we still continue referring as us as "half" we will remain half forever.

Someone around me is starting to say: "Ohh now Japan in sport is more better with all these powerful "half".

Really? Is this the goal?

So.. my mum as japanese is weak and my father as stranger is stronger? is this the fact?

Fantastic is a genetic selection, like breed dogs, like crops, wow i am a plant.

Next will be: let's f*k japanese with some better "race", perhaps it should be better with a Klingon to be stronger? or an "Elf" to be immortal?.. please.

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I am really bored of this stuff. I am not half of nothing, you are not half of nothing, i am "one", you are "one", everyone is "one". If we still continue referring as us as "half" we will remain half forever.

I think that was the OP’s point from a different angle. The more “half” who excel, the less stigma there will be attached to not being “pure.”

You’d have to take up the word with Japanese people, not the OP.

That all having been said, I appreciate your sentiment.

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snowmountainhell

No, I don't think so. This guy stays in Japan all his life, and he doesn't know much English, it's a good sign.

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