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From this article: https://baseballking.jp/ns/75506

日本一連覇中の王者でありながら

What is the meaning and purpose of 一連覇中 here? Does it mean he became champion multiples?

Won't 日本の王者 just mean the same thing?

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There is no such a word as 一連覇 or 一連覇中. It's parsed like 日本一 + (連覇 + 中).

  • 日本一【にほんいち】: (Japan's) number one; being a champion (in Japan)
  • 連覇: straight victory; successive winning
  • -中(の): in the middle of ~

日本一連覇中の王者でありながら
despite being a reigning champion winning multiple times in a row

日本の王者 does not have the meaning of 連覇中 ("currently winning in a row").

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