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Uchishiba captures national title

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba beat Tatsuaki Egusa in the men’s 66-kg final to win his second consecutive title on the first day of action at the National Weight Class Invitational Championships on Saturday.

Uchishiba, who captured back-to-back titles in the same weight category in Beijing last summer, claimed his fifth overall championship crown at the tournament, which doubles as the final selection meet for this summer’s world championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Hiroaki Hiraoka took the men’s 60-kg crown for the second year running at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.