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Japan wins team title at judo worlds

Kyodo

World silver medalist Ryu Shichinohe pulled off a dramatic ippon win at over 100 kg to clinch victory for Japan’s men’s team in the final over local favorite Russia at the world judo championships on Sunday.

The Japanese squad, which beat Russia by a 3-2 margin, claimed their first victory since the inaugural competition in 2011.

Three-time world champion at 66 kg, Masashi Ebinuma, and Shohei Ono at 73 kg lost consecutive matches before the team rebounded to tie it with victories from Takanori Nagase at 81 kg and Matthew Baker at 90 kg.

Japan’s women, who were seeking their second straight title, fell 3-2 to France in the semifinals before coming from behind to beat Russia 3-2 in the competition to finish in third place.