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Kazuyasu Minobe defeats Bogdan Nikishin in epee final


Kazuyasu Minobe won his second career World Cup event on Friday in Germany when he beat Ukraine’s Bogdan Nikishin in the epee final.

Minobe, ranked 12th in the world, took the Heidenheimer Pokal title by beating world No. 3 Nikishin 15-13 in the final.

He defeated Rio de Janeiro gold medalist Park Sang-young 15-11 in the quarterfinals before taking a 15-9 win over Russia’s Vadim Anokhin in the final four.

The 30-year-old Minobe won his first World Cup title in November 2015, becoming the first Japanese fencer to win an individual title in epee, according to the Japan Fencing Federation.

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