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First-year junior high school student Rikuto Tamai became Japan’s youngest national diving champion on Monday, the final day of the national championships.

Tamai, who turned 13 on Sept. 11, won the title with 498.50 points at Ishikawa Prefecture’s Kanazawa Pool. According to the Japan Swimming Federation, Tamai surpassed Ken Terauchi as Japan’s youngest champion. In 1994, Terauchi won at the age of 13 years, 11 months.

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