• Kyodo News


Kazuhiko Takahashi stunned Athens Olympic gold medalist Keiji Suzuki and defending champion Takamasa Anai en route to winning his first title at the national championship on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Takahashi came from behind to score a “yusei” decision over Hiroki Tachiyama in the final of the open-weight meet that doubled as the final qualifier for the over-100-kg category at the world championships in Tokyo in September.

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