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Yoichi Nagai overtook 14 skiers with a strong cross country run to win the Nordic combined national championship on Sunday.

Nagai, who was 15th after the ski jumping portion Saturday, posted the fastest time in the 15-kilometer cross country race in Nayoro, Hokkaido, to defeat Yuta Okitsu by 7.6 seconds. Kohei Takao came third 11.2 seconds behind the winner.

Top Japanese Nordic combined skier Daito Takahashi was absent from the championship along with other national team members competing on the World Cup circuit.

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