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600-meter print of 2,019 judoka recognized in Tokyo as world's longest poster

A 600-meter-long chain of 2,019 posters created to promote the World Judo Championships is seen at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 21, 2019. (Sponichi)

TOKYO -- A 600-meter-long chain of 2,019 posters created to promote the upcoming World Judo Championships was recognized as the world's "longest line of posters" by Guinness World Records on Aug. 21.

The record was achieved at the Nippon Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, the venue of the championships that start on Aug. 25. Each individual poster features a full-length photograph of judoka of all ages and both sexes from countries around the world and they are seen linked by a single black belt to make a long column of posters.

Yasuhiro Yamashita, chairman of All Japan Judo Federation, left, receives a certificate for the world's longest poster from Guinness World Records at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 21, 2019. (Sponichi)

The All Japan Judo Federation collected photos of 2,019 people wearing a judo uniform via its official website for the championships and in judo events both at home and abroad from February. The federation planned the project in a bid to hand down the culture of judo to future generations.

Japan, the birthplace of judo, captured eight gold medals in last year's world championships. Yasuhiro Yamashita, chairman of All Japan Judo Federation, hopes that the Japanese team will perform well again in this year's event. After the presentation ceremony for the world record on Aug. 21, he said, "If they do their best, they should naturally achieve success."

Some of the individual posters will be displayed at the Budokan during the world championships.

(Japanese original by Akira Matsumoto, Sports News Department)

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