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Japanese judoka Shori Hamada clinches gold in women's 78-kg class at Tokyo Olympics

Japanese judoka Shori Hamada celebrates her Olympic gold medal win in the women's 78-kilogram class at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo, on July 29, 2021. (Mainichi/Noriko Tokuno)

TOKYO -- Japanese first-time Olympian Shori Hamada, 30, defeated French judoka Madeleine Malonga to win the gold medal in the final of the women's 78-kilogram judo competition at the Tokyo Olympics on July 29.

    Hamada's win at the Nippon Budokan arena marked the first Olympic medal for Japan in the weight class since the Athens Games in 2004, when Noriko Anno clinched gold. It was also the first time for Japan to win three gold medals in women's judo since the Athens Games.


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