Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Teen Abe Strikes Gold in International Debut

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Teen Abe Strikes Gold in International Debut

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Confident, fearless and loaded with talent, Hifumi Abe made an impressive debut on the international stage. The fact that he's still only 17 made it all the more eye-opening.

Abe firmly established himself Friday as the rising star of Japanese judo, beating three-time world champion Ma- sashi Ebinuma on the way to capturing the title in the men's 66-kilogram class at the Grand Slam Tokyo at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym.

In the final, Abe defeated Golan Pollack of Israel, making him the first high schooler to win a men's title in the tournament's history, while putting him firmly on the list of prospects for the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics.

"I can't just be satisfied by winning here," said Abe, who won the Kodokan Cup last month. "My goal is to win at the Rio Olympics."

The match of the day came one round earlier, when Abe was pitted against the veteran Ebinuma.

After Ebinuma scored a yuko point early with a trip, Abe knew he had to go on the attack. …

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