• Kyodo


Defending champion Ryoko Tani defeated Kayo Kitada in the final to win the 48-kg weight division at the women’s weight category national championships while booking her ticket to Athens on Sunday.

Tani, who will aim to defend her gold medal title at this summer’s Athens Olympics, earned a “yusei” decision over her rival at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium to win her 13th overall title and secure her fourth consecutive Olympic berth since her debut at the Barcelona Games in 1992.

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