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Risako Kawai booked her spot in next year’s Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday along with compatriot Hiroe Minagawa as both advanced to the finals of their weight classes at the world wrestling championships in the capital city of Kazakhstan.

The 24-year-old Kawai, who defeated four-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho in July to reach the worlds in the women’s 57-kg division, won an Olympic gold medal in 2016 in the women’s 63-kg class. Icho’s only shot at a berth in next year’s Olympics in the 57-kg class rested on Kawai not reaching the finals.

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