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Up-and-coming Joji Kato outpaced world record holder Hiroyasu Shimizu for the second straight day to clinch his first 500 meters title on the final day of the single-distance speed skating championships Sunday.

Kato tore round Nagano’s M-Wave ice arena in 35.48 seconds to win the overall title for the first time with a combined time of 1 minute, 11.24 seconds.

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