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Chizuru Arai defended her title at the World Judo Championships on Monday, becoming the first Japanese woman in 15 years to win back-to-back titles in the 70-kg division.

Arai defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Marie Eve Gahie of France in 90 seconds in the final at National Gymnastics Arena, finishing off with a tate-shiho-gatame hold-down to give Japan its fifth gold medal of the eight-day competition.

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