Emane resists youth surge as Umeki keeps Japan dominating

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Veteran Gevrise Emane won her third world title as young judokas led by Japan’s Mami Umeki swept the world judo championships in Kazakhstan on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Emane, 33, gave France their first champion of the competition while Umeki kept Japan well ahead of the rest with the Asians’ fifth gold medal. At just 20 years of age, Umeki is a star of the future and she came through the carnage of a women’s under-78kg category that saw former world champions beaten at an alarming rate. Brazil’s Mayra Aguiar lasted only two fights in the defense of her crown, as did the 2010 champion Kyla Harrison of the United States.

AFP

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