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Ayumi Uekusa qualified for Japan’s Tokyo Olympic team Saturday after a quarterfinal berth in the women’s over-68-kg kumite at the Karate 1-Premier League Salzburg.

Despite losing her quarterfinal against Germany’s Charlotte Grimm, Uekusa moved far enough ahead of her nearest competition in the Olympic rankings to meet the Japan Karate Federation’s selection criteria for the July 24 to Aug. 9 Tokyo Games.

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