Sayaka Matsumoto

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Sayaka Matsumoto
Born (1982-12-05) December 5, 1982 (age 34)[1]
Ōmiya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan[1]
Residence El Cerrito, California[1]
Nationality American
Ethnicity Japanese-American
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight 105 lb (48 kg; 7.5 st)[1]
Style Judo
Teacher(s) David Matsumoto[1]
Rank      4th degree black belt in Judo[2]
Occupation Judo Instructor,
Marketing & Operations Assistant[2]
University UC Berkeley[1]
Notable school(s) East Bay Judo Institute[2]

Sayaka Matsumoto (サヤカ・松本?, born December 5, 1982) is a Japanese-born American judoka. Matsumoto competed for the United States in the women's 48 kg judo event at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3][4]

Matsumoto, who was raised in California, is coached by her father, David Matsumoto. She began judo at the age of 5. Matsumoto won the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, but did not compete in the Olympics that year because the U.S. failed to earn a spot in her weight class. Matsumoto again won the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 and competed in the Olympic Games.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics she fought against Ryoko Tani (JPN) and Wu Shugen (CHN), but lost both matches.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sayaka Matsumoto USA Judo Profile. URL accessed on November 24, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c East Bay Judo Institute Instructor Profiles. URL accessed on November 24, 2010.
  3. ^ USA Judo Announces 2008 U.S. Olympic Team
  4. ^ "Asian Americans Going for the Gold in…". AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.

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