Monday, April 6, 2015

Ebinuma proves he is top dog in -66kg

Ebinuma gets his revenge and throws Takaichi with a stylish hip throw.
Last December, I wrote about how Japan is also super strong in the -66kg weight class. The current world champion in that weight class is Japanese -- Masashi Ebinuma -- and right now, he looks to be the best in the world.

Since the 2012 London Olympic Games, he has not been beaten by any non-Japanese in any international individual competitions (he was defeated by Russia's Kamal-Khan Magomedov in the 2014 Chelyabinsk World Team Championships).

He has been beaten by his teammates though. In the 2014 Tokyo Grand Slam, both Kengo Takaichi and Hifumi Abe defeated Ebinuma (Abe went on to win the gold in that competition). But in this past weekend's All-Japan Weight Class competition, Ebinuma was on top form and emerged victor, defeating Takaichi in the final. Abe, interestingly, got bronze.

Watch Ebinuma destroy Takaichi in the final:

In 2014 in Chelyabinsk, Japan sent two players in the -66kg weight class. Ebinuma was the main player and Takaichi was the alternate. This is likely to happen again at the 2015 Astana World Championships.

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