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Ebinuma married, Abe Kana retires

Interesting story comes from Japan. Usually when some news come from Japan it's only about Judo, Judo on the mat.
24-year-old Masashi Ebinuma, triple world champion -66 kg, just get married recently. The best Christmas gift he could give to himself.
After the early marriage of Naohisa Takato, another happy story boomed from Japan.

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Who is the lucky lady? His colleague from Japan team Kana Abe -63 kg. 26-year-old triple Grand Slam winner, without medal from the World Championships, but was selected in team Asia vs. Europe at earlier this year's ECCO Team Challenge.

MEDAL OVERVIEW kana abe

COMPETITIONS G S B
Continental Championships 1 0 1
IJF World Tour: Masters/Grand Slam/Grand Prix 4 2 2
World Cups/Continental Open 1 2 1

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It is not known whether this trend will continue to marriage in this yet very young Japanese men's team or what will be the effect on the results of married champions. Abe Kana announced to retire, but her husband is on his way to win one of the best track records of history, especially in light-weight. Already a three-time world champion once, and bronze medalist at the 2012 Games, he one of the favorites for 2016 in Rio.

MEDAL OVERVIEW masashi ebinuma

COMPETITIONS G S B
Olympic Games 0 0 1
World Championships 3 0 0
IJF World Tour: Masters/Grand Slam/Grand Prix 4 0 5

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According to the IJF Abe Kana, who has practiced judo for 23 years, said: "Thank you to all the people I have met and everyone who has supported me. I am so glad that I could meet great players from all over the world and could be great friends. Thank you for everything!”

 

photo credit: Rafal Burza, Christian Fidler, IJF Media

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