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Sydney Olympic gold medalist Kosei Inoue lost to chief rival Keiji Suzuki in the men’s 100-kg final at the weight-category national judo championships on Sunday.

Competing at Fukuoka municipal gymnasium, Inoue, who marked his return after ankle surgery last November with a victory in an international tourney in Hamburg, Germany, in February, lost out on a “yusei” decision.

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