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Rei Higuchi came inches from glory but had to settle for the silver medal after losing to reigning world champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia in the men’s freestyle 57-kg final in his Olympic debut at the Rio Games on Friday.

The 20-year-old Higuchi put on a superb performance worthy of Japan’s 2015 national champion, but Khinchegashvili, the London Olympics silver medalist at 55 kg, would have the last word in a slim 4-3 victory.

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