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Kota thinking of his father

Updated: August 3, 2008, 8:16 PM ET
By Steve Wright | ESPNOutdoors.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As he stood backstage Sunday afternoon, all Kotaro Kiriyama could think about was his terminally ill father as he waited to weigh-in on the final day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance.

It was 18 years ago Takashi Kiriyama told his then 18-year-old son he needed to leave Japan, because Kotaro was just going to stay in trouble, should he remain in his native country.

"He told me to go to America and see what you want to ...

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