Shinichi Shinohara

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Shinichi Shinohara
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's judo
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney +100 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Birmingham +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1999 Birmingham Open
Silver medal – second place 1997 Paris +95 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Chiba Open
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Munich +100 kg
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Bangkok +100 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 New Delhi +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1995 New Delhi Open
East Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1997 Busan +95 kg
Shinichi Shinohara in 2015

Shinichi Shinohara (篠原 信一, Shinohara Shin'ichi, born January 23, 1973 in Kobe, Japan) is a retired Japanese judo and winner of the gold medal at the 1999 World Judo Championships in Birmingham.[1] To Shinohara's disappointment, French champion David Douillet did not compete at Birmingham due to back injury; Shinohara was quoted as saying, "Even though I lifted the double crown at the worlds, it won't mean anything as long as people say it was won in Douillet's absence." Douillet had previously been declared victor at the 1997 championships in Paris after a French judge gave Shinohara a controversial penalty.[2]

Three years after, Shinohara received the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics when he was defeated by Douillet due to another disputed judgment about Uchi Mata Sukashi in the finals which was strongly protested by the Japanese participants. Douillet performed Uchi Mata but over-rotated and landed on his back; Shinohara fell to the mat as well. One judge had ruled for Shinohara, while the other two ruled for Douillet.[3] Shinohara cried throughout the medal ceremony as a result of his loss, while head coach and 1984 Olympic champion Yasuhiro Yamashita harshly criticised the judges and apologized to Shinohara for his powerlessness after the ceremony.[3][4] However, at a later press conference, Shinohara expressed that he was not dissatisfied with the judgment, stating, "I lost because I was weak. Douillet was strong."[4]

As of 2007, Shinohara coaches judo at his alma mater, Tenri University, where he previously studied as an undergraduate.[1] Among his students is Asian champion Takamasa Anai.

Shinohara portrayed himself in the 2016 game Yakuza Kiwami, serving as a potential opponent for protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.[5]


  1. ^ a b "篠原 信一". Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  2. ^ "Japan's judo giant seeks revenge over French rival". CNN. 2000-08-25. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  3. ^ a b "Summer Olympics 2000: Douillet returns to retain Olympic crown". ESPN. 2000-09-22. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  4. ^ a b 「判定まさか」篠原無念 (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 2000-09-22. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 「弱いから負けた。(ドイエは)強かったです」
  5. ^ "Yakuza: Kiwami story trailer". Gematsu. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2020-07-28.

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