Olympic Judo: USA judo star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Jack Hatton dies suddenly aged 24

USA judo star Jack Hatton has expired aged just 24. Hatton was hoping to make the American team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He recently competed at the Senior World Championships in Tokyo and was considered the best American judoka. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platform for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Judo fans can book Olympic Judo tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

 A cause of death has not been revealed at the time of writing. A statement on the USA Judo website reads. Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him and he will not be forgotten.

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Olympic Judo: USA judo star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Jack Hatton dies suddenly aged 24

“We mourn with the whole USA Judo and international judo public during this threatening time. USA Judo is in the procedure of providing grief therapy services for those in need.”

He reached the second round at the World Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Marius Vizer, leader of the International Judo Federation (IJF), posted on Twitter: I’m deeply enthused by the unexpected death of USA Judo global Jack Hatton.

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Olympic Judo: USA judo star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Jack Hatton dies suddenly aged 24

“On behalf of the IJF, I send my sincere condolences and wishes to USA Judo and Jack’s family and friends.”

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Originally from Massachusetts, the -81kg judoka won two Pan American Open events in 2017 and was hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. A host of the sport’s top stars have expressed their shock as the news broke.

Sagi Muki said: “I am so sad to hear. Jack is one of the finest USA Judoka and highest athlete at the U81kg separation. I’m so sad to hear this and I hope he is in a better place. I had a tough fight with him. My heart is broken.”

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And Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev added:

“I am in shock. Of course, I remember Jack and my match against him. He was a very prosing athlete and I think he had a great future. It’s a pity. Might he rest in peace, my pities to his family”

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