Fresno State student vies for world judo title Aug. 21 in Taiwan

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Fresno State student vies for world judo title Aug. 21 in Taiwan

National collegiate judo champion Miranda Imamura, a pre-nursing student and member of the Fresno State Judo Club, will compete at the 2017 World University Games Aug. 19 through 30 in Taipei, Taiwan. Imamura, who leaves for Taiwan early Wednesday morning with a 16-member delegation, earned her spot to represent the United States in the World University Games when she won the senior division title at the National Collegiate Judo Championships at San Jose State University in 2016. Her division, women’s under 57 kilogram, begins competition at 9 p.m. PDT Aug. 21 with finals set for 2 a.m. PDT Aug. 22. The competitions will be streamed live at www.livefisu.tv. The USA team is governed by the United States International University Sports Federation and its members compete globally as representatives of the United States in university-level sports competitions. Imamura began learning judo at age 4 and is coached by her father, Randy, and her uncle Richard, both alumni. Her grandfather, Haruo Imamura, taught a judo class through the Kinesiology Department at Fresno State and started the Fresno State Judo Club on campus. INFO about the Judo Club: Eddie Dominguez at 559.278.5987.