Judoka Masashi Ebinuma, a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist within the males’s 66-kg division, introduced his retirement Thursday.
The 31-year-old, who reached the rostrum on the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, was not chosen for this summer time’s Tokyo Olympics within the 73-kg class.
He mentioned his loss on the Kodokan Cup last final fall made him begin to consider retirement, and he determined in January that the invitational weight class championships, which befell earlier this month, can be his last competitors earlier than he strikes on to a training profession.
“I’ve determined to retire. I don’t really feel like I can compete on a world stage anymore,” Ebinuma mentioned at a information convention in Tokyo.
A local of Tochigi Prefecture, Ebinuma spent six years on the prestigious Kodo Gakusha judo faculty in Tokyo whereas attending junior excessive and highschool.
Recognized for his exact throwing method and an aggressive grappling model aimed toward victory by ippon, he stepped as much as 73-kg after the Rio Video games.
He gained the 73-kg title on the April 3-4 weight class championships in Fukuoka however was not named to the staff for the World Judo Championships happening in Budapest in June.
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