Sakura Kokumai
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On Tuesday USA Karate officially confirmed the first athlete to have made their team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics selecting Sakura Kokumai to compete in the women's kata event. Kokumai is one of the first 40 athletes the World Karate Federation announced has qualified for the games, with another 40 slots still open.

The 28-year-old Kokumai is originally from Hawaii where she began training in karate at age 7. She's a seven-time U.S. national champion in kata and a gold medalist at the 2019 Pan American Championships. Her best finish at the World Championships was a bronze medal in 2012.

Kokumai made headlines last month when a man harassed her in an apparent example of anti-Asian hate crime as she worked out in a California park. The man was later arrested for assaulting an elderly Korean-American couple in the same park.

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On Friday, June 11, ONE Championship returned with ONE: Full Blast II, a previously recorded event.

The four-bout card featured two ONE Super Series matchups along with two mixed martial arts contests. In all four battles, athletes put on performances that grabbed the attention of their respective divisions.

Did you miss anything from ONE: Full Blast II? Here is a breakdown of how the action went down and who came out on top in Singapore.

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On the final day of individual competition at the World Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Japan closed in style winning both the men's and women's heavyweight divisions. Kokoro Kageura scored a half point with a shoulder throw and then survived a last second frenzied ground attack by Russia's Tamerlan Bashaev to take the men's gold.

The women's side saw an all Japanese final as Sarah Asahina won her second individual adult world championship over Wakaba Tomita in a slow-paced affair. Tomita had trouble dealing with the much larger Asahina but, despite several leg sweeps, Asahina was never able to score with anything decisive. After more than five minutes of overtime, though she appeared to be the more active competitor, Tomita received a third penalty for passivity giving the match to Asahina. Tomita injured her leg on the final exchange and in a display of sportsmanship, Asahina carried her teammate off the mat on her back.