Ayumi TANIMOTO

Japan JPN

Judo

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1981
Olympic Results

Biography

Ayumi TANIMOTO

Japanese judoka Ayumi Tanimoto performed exceptionally well in the Olympic women’s 63kg competition at both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, winning all of her judo bouts by ippon on her way to landing the gold medal.

Décosse rivalry

Born in Anjo, in the Aichi prefecture, Ayumi Tanimoto gained her first experience on the judo mat at the age of nine. Over the years that followed, she developed an attacking style, constantly looking for opportunities to score a decisive ippon that would bring an instant conclusion to her contests.

As a junior, she often crossed paths with France’s Lucie Décosse, who emerged victorious from their duel in the final of the 2000 IJF World Junior Championships in Nabeul (TUN), sparking a rivalry that would last a decade.

In 2002, a 21-year-old Tanimoto helped Japan to claim the IJF World Team Championship title in Basel (SUI), andshe subsequently secured a spot in the 63kg women’s individual competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. 

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

G
Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms)
Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms) Judo
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

G
Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms)
Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms) Judo