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Risako Kawai defeated defending women’s 57-kg champion Rong Ningning of China on Thursday to capture the third world championship gold medal of her career.

Kawai had booked her spot at next year’s Tokyo Olympics in the 57-kg division the day before by winning her semifinal. The 2016 Olympic 63-kg champion, Kawai secured Japan’s third gold medal at this world championships in Kazakhstan’s capital.

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