Yuka Nishida Announces Retirement
On Sunday Yuka Nishida announced to retire at the age of 30. Nishida fell short in qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio and finished third at the All Japanese Championships in April this year. Nishida comes from a world class judo pedigree, her father Takahiro Nishida was also a World Junior Champion himself and competed at World Championships with limited success. Nishida is loved around the world and the Judo community will definitely miss the former champion. Yuka’s ability to speak multiple languages has helped her spread Judo too many parts of the globe and she will be remembered for being a great ambassador for the sport.
Her last victory, coming almost a year ago was at the Grand Prix in Qingdao. On Sunday Nishida defended her title at the Kodokan Cup, but lost in her first match and announced her retirement shortly after.
Nishida was triple Japanese champion U52kg. She won three World Championships medals, bronze in 2007 in Rio, the world title in 2010 in Tokyo and silver in Paris against current World Champion Misato Nakamura. In 2004 Nishida captured the World Junior title with Telma Monteiro as bronze medallist and Rosalba Forciniti at the fifth place, both women did win an Olympic medal.
Nishida won the judo’s "Grand Slam" by winning in four different cities: the first ever Grand Slam in Tokyo in 2008, Rio in 2009, Moscow in 2010 and Paris in 2012.