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It was nearly a perfect stage for Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu: The Olympics, in her home country, as her sport makes its long-anticipated debut at Nippon Budokan — the mecca for martial arts in Japan.

For Shimizu — who came up short in the women’s kata final against Spaniard Sandra Sanchez Jaime on Thursday night — silver was not the result she was hoping for and that may sting for a while.

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