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Koji Murofushi, who has already secured a berth for the Athens Olympics, won his 10th title in as many years in the men’s hammer throw on the final day of the athletics National Championships in Tottori on Sunday.

Murofushi, who placed ninth at the Sydney Olympics and won the silver at the World Championships in 2001, tossed 82.09 meters in his sixth and final attempt at Fuse Prefectural Stadium to match a winning streak set by his father Shigenobu in the same discipline.

In the women’s hammer throw, Yuka Murofushi, the younger sister of Koji, won her first national title while setting a meet record with 66.12 meters.

In the men’s 100 meters, reigning world bronze medalist Shingo Suetsugu crossed the finish line first in 10.10 seconds with Nobuharu Asahara taking second in 10.20 and Hiroyasu Tsuchie third in 10.21. Suetsugu had been guaranteed an Olympic berth before the meet.

In women’s action, Sakie Nobuoka set a national record of 23.33 seconds in the 200 meters and Miho Sugimori also set a Japan record by clocking 2:00.46 in the 800.

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