Japan laid down more markers for the impending home World Judo Championships as they won two golds and three silvers in the five final events at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Prix in Budapest today.
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Morocco maintained its position at the top of the medals table after day two at the African Karate Federation (UFAK) Senior and Junior Championships in Gaborone in Botswana.
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