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Japanese judo duo strike gold in Tokyo

AFP, TOKYO

Daiki Kamikawa and Mika Sugimoto led Japan to two golds in the men’s and women’s open classes on the final day of the world judo championships yesterday for a total of 10.

Kamikawa stopped Teddy Riner’s attempt at a history-making fifth gold medal, narrowly beating the Frenchman by a 2-1 split decision after a scoreless regulation and extra time in the men’s final.

Japan also won the two bronze medals, with Keiji Suzuki and Hiroaki Tachiyama defeating Ramziddin Saydov and Abdullo Tangriev — both from Uzbekistan — respectively in the playoffs.

Riner won the men’s over-100kg class at three successive championships and was hoping to retain the unlimited open-class title he won in 2008 in France for a record fifth world championship gold.

Sugimoto, who won the over 78kg title on the opening day on Thursday, made it a double when she defeated Qin Qian of China to win the women’s final.

Compatriot Megumi Tachimoto beat Kim Na-young of South Korea to take bronze with Tea Donguzasvili of Russia beating France’s Celine Lebrun in the other playoff.

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