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Japan underlined its dominance of the kata discipline at the opening event of the Karate-1 Premier League season on Sunday, with Ryo Kiyuna taking the men’s gold and Kiyou Shimizu taking the women’s title.

Kiyuna, who became the kata world champion for the third consecutive time in November, earned 26.92 points to defeat European champion Damian Hugo Quintero Capdevila of Spain by almost two points at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium.

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