Takeuchi wins 3rd national title


Japanese Olympic snowboarder Tomoka Takeuchi beat Sayuri Hashimoto in the women’s parallel giant slalom final to win her third national championship title on Friday.

Takeuchi, who finished ninth at the Turin Olympics last month, claimed her first national crown since winning the giant slalom and parallel giant slalom in 2003.

In the men’s parallel giant slalom, Yuki Nofuji won his first national crown after defeating Kohei Kawaguchi in the final.