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A day after his compatriot conceded karate’s maiden Olympic gold medal to her Spanish rival, Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna looks set to collect the goods on Friday as he dominated the men’s kata competition with lofty scores that were a cut above the rest.

While the women’s kata event between the perennial top two — Spain’s Sandra Sanchez Jaime and Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu — was a close affair, Kiyuna’s gold seems inevitable, with his high marks drawing gasps from some in the arena.

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