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Keiju Okada, Jumpei Hokazono claim Tokyo Olympic berths in men's 470

Kyodo

Japanese sailors Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono earned spots at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 470 class following a solid performance at the World Cup Series Enoshima, which concluded Sunday.

The pair finished 11th in the six-day event held in the waters near the Enoshima Yacht Harbor in Kanagawa Prefecture, which will host the Olympic sailing competitions next summer, and met the Japan Sailing Federation’s selection criteria by posting the best scores in selected categories over three designated tournaments.

At last year’s competition, Okada and Hokazono became the first Japanese men to win a World Cup series event. The two-sailor, 4.7-meter 470 class has been the most hotly contested sailing division among Japanese in the buildup to the Tokyo Games.

Ai Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka were the first Japanese sailors to seal Olympic berths after finishing second here in the women’s 470 world championships last month.

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