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Sara Asahina punched her ticket for the world judo championships by winning the national women’s championship on Sunday.

The 20-year-old earned Japan’s berth at the worlds in the over-78-kg division by beating Megumi Tachimoto in the final. It was Asahina’s first national crown and she will be making her first trip to the worlds. Tachimoto was gunning for her second title in the event.

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