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Two-time Olympic gold medalists Hitoshi Saito and Ayumi Tanimoto were inducted into the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame on Tuesday ahead of the world championships which kick off on Thursday.

Saito was inducted posthumously following his death at age 54 from bile duct cancer in 2015. His wife Mieko attended the ceremony on his behalf, along with Tanimoto who has taken up coaching since retiring from competition in 2010.

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