Judo: Japan's Ono loses first bout since 2015

Ono was stunned by Germany's Igor Wandtke in the second bout of the six-match quarterfinal.

AP , Saturday 31 Jul 2021
 Shohei Ono
Japan s Shohei Ono reacts after being defeated by Germany s Igor Wandtke in the judo mixed team s quarterfinal bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 31, 2021 (AFP)

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Japanese judo gold medalist Shohei Ono has lost his first bout since 2015 in the quarterfinals of the Olympic debut of the mixed team competition.

Ono was stunned by Germany's Igor Wandtke in the second bout of the six-match quarterfinal. Wandtke fought very defensively and incurred two penalties, but then threw Ono for a stunning waza ari with 16 seconds left.

Ono's loss occurred immediately after fellow gold medalist Uta Abe lost her own opening bout to Theresa Stoll, putting Japan down 2-0 in the best-of-six mixed team round.

But Japan's lineup contained five gold medalists, and the next four players won their bouts to send Japan into the semifinals. Aaron Wolf finished Johannes Frey early in golden score for the clinching fourth victory.

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