Ryoko Tamura Tani


She is commonly known as ‘Yawara-chan’or ‘Tawara’, a popular judo manga. Since she won the International Women’s Judo Championships in 1990, ‘Yawara-chan’ has gone on to win the event every year. She has a record seven world titles and she brought home the 48kg-category gold medal from Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Athens Olympics in 2004.

In 2008 Tani became the first female judoka to compete at five Olympics.

Watch Tani in action below.  Audio is Japanese, but no words needed:

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