LONDON- Judoka Daiki Kamikawa was defeated Friday in the second round of the over-100-kilogram class, leaving Japan without a men's gold medal for the first time in the nation's Olympic judo history.
Kamikawa defeated Darrel Castillo of Guatemala in the first round, but lost to Ihar Makarau of Belarus in the second.
Japanese male judoka medaled in the over-100-kilogram class in three consecutive Olympics starting from the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Japan took the gold medal in this class at both the Athens and Beijing Games.
Judo became an official Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Games, and Japan's male judoka had never gone without a gold medal since.
At the 1988 Seoul Games, the men took only one gold medal.
Japan's male judoka won two silver medals and two bronze at the London Games.