For Immediate Release:
July 28, 2021
Colton Brown ready to take the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tatami for Team USA today, July 28th at historic Nippon Budokan Arena
Next up for the USA Judo Team at the Tokyo 2020ne Olympic Games is Colton Brown (Piscataway, N.J./Bridgewater, N.J./New York Athletic Club/San Jose State University) in the men’s under 90kg division. Competing in his second consecutive Olympic Games, Brown will face Liechtenstein’s Raphael Schwendinger in the 13th match on mat #2 of the first round at Tokyo’s storied Nippon Budokan starting at 11:00 a.m. Tokyo, Japan time, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. For USA viewers please check the latest schedule on NBCOlympics.com for streaming and viewing options.
Built for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, the Nippon Budokan hosted the 1964 U.S. Olympic Judo Team coached by Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida (San Jose, Calif.), Brown’s mentor and Coach at San Jose State University. Having planned to make the trip to Tokyo at 101 years old to cheer on Brown in person as he did in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 96 years old; Uchida will be watching the broadcast from home as all would have been spectators following the decision by Tokyo 2020 to restrict spectator access because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Brown and Uchida’s relationship bridges the history of Tokyo’s 1964 and 2020ne Olympic Games for USA Judo and the United States Olympic Team.
The Tokyo 2020ne Olympic Games Judo tournament comes following a three-year Olympic qualification process. Joining Brown on the U.S. Olympic Team are fellow 2016 Olympian Angelica Delgado (Miami, Fla./Coconut Creek, Fla./Ki-itsu-sai National Training Site/New York Athletic Club/Florida International University) who competed in the women’s under 52kg division on Sunday, July 25th winning her first match, but falling in the second round. Nefeli Papadakis (Gurnee, Ill./Wolf Judo Club/ College of Lake County/DeVry University) will compete tomorrow in the women’s under 78kg division on Thursday, July 29th and Nina Cutro-Kelly (Albany, N.Y./Selma, Texas/Universal Judo/ Universite de Rennes - Rennes, France in the women’s over 78kg division on Friday, July 30, 2021. Coaches for the team are Jhonny Prado (Coral Springs, Fla./ Ki-itsu-sai National Training Site) and Justin Flores (Carlsbad, Calif./Studio 540).
Tokyo 2020 United States Olympic Team - Judo
-52kg; Angelica Delgado (Miami, Fla./Coconut Creek, Fla./Ki-itsu-sai National Training Site/New York Athletic Club/Florida International University) – Round of 16
-78kg; Nefeli Papadakis (Gurnee, Ill./Wolf Judo Club/College of Lake County/DeVry University)
+78kg; Nina Cutro-Kelly (Albany, N.Y./Selma, Texas/Universal Judo/ Universite de Pennes - Pennes, France)
-90kg; Colton Brown (Piscataway, N.J./Bridgewater, N.J./New York Athletic Club/San Jose State University)
Jhonny Prado (Coral Springs, Fla./ Ki-itsu-sai National Training Site)
Justin Flores (Carlsbad, Calif./Studio 540)
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic judo tournament is taking place July 24-31, 2021 in the historicNippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, the host venue of the first ever Olympic Judo competition in 1964. (Judo Olympic Schedule)
For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, Team USA Press Officer - Judo at +1-719-330-2062.