Alexa Liddie

USA Judo has reported the death, last week, of former American team judoka Alexa Liddie at the age of 30. She competed internationally as a member of the U.S. senior national team from 2010-2013 including an appearance at the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Liddie is the daughter of Edward Liddie, who won a bronze medal in judo at the 1984 Olympics and serves as the Director of Athletic Performance for USA Judo. Her mother, Tammie, had also been an elite judo competitor. The cause of Liddie's death has not been reported.

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The women's side saw an all Japanese final as Sarah Asahina won her second individual adult world championship over Wakaba Tomita in a slow-paced affair. Tomita had trouble dealing with the much larger Asahina but, despite several leg sweeps, Asahina was never able to score with anything decisive. After more than five minutes of overtime, though she appeared to be the more active competitor, Tomita received a third penalty for passivity giving the match to Asahina. Tomita injured her leg on the final exchange and in a display of sportsmanship, Asahina carried her teammate off the mat on her back.