Hifumi Abe and Uta Abe celebrate during the medal ceremony at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Sunday. AFP / AP
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Japanese judoka Uta Abe triumphed in the women's 52kg category in Tokyo on Sunday, hours before her brother Hifumi Abe took gold in the men's 66-kg final, making history as the first siblings to win gold medals on the same day.
The Abes' success gave Japan its third and fourth gold medal of the day after Yuto Horigome took skateboarding's first Olympic title and swimmer Yui Ohashi was the surprise winner of the women's 400m individual competition.
Uta, 21, dominated her bouts in the 52kg category, and beat France’s Amandine Buchard to win her own first Olympic gold. Uta is one of the biggest stars in Japan’s homegrown martial art, and this Olympic victory will only increase her stature in the judo sport. Uta has also won two world championships.
Uta's brother Hifumi Abe, 23, triumphed in men’s 66kg and defeated Georgia's Vazha Margvelashvili to win the gold medal. The bronze medals were won by Baul Ahn from South Korea and Daniel Kargnin from Brazil.
Hifumi Abe had thrown Brazil's Daniel Cargnin to win by ippon — judo's equivalent of a knockout — in the semi-final. Earlier, he made his way through the elimination round of 16 in the 66kg category in a tight bout with Kilian Le Blouch, throwing the French athlete to the tatami mat to score an ippon victory in sudden death overtime.
In the quarter-final, he saw off Baskhuu Yondonperenlei of Mongolia with a waza-ari. Hifumi is a two-time world champion who had to win a grueling, 24-minute bout against teammate Joshiro Maruyama last December simply for the right to represent Japan at these Olympics. He won four straight bouts Sunday, including three by ippon.
China won the mixed doubles the previous day and had hopes of pulling off a golden badminton sweep in Tokyo, after a spotty performance at the Rio Games in Brazil. In 2012, at London Games, China won all 5 badminton gold medals.
Keleti, who celebrates her birthday on Jan.9, is also Hungary's most successful gymnast, and one of the most decorated Jewish athletes in history. While she now has dementia that affects her short-term memory, her feisty spirit remains intact.
Emma McKeon, who has pocketed four golds in Tokyo, swam the butterfly leg as part of Australia's 'Awesome Foursome' in the medley relay, with Cate Campbell's superb final leg pushing the United States into silver.
Nadeem, who finished fifth in the competition, also apologised to his countrymen for not living up to the expectations of almost 200 million people. He was Pakistan's biggest medal hope but his best throw of 84.62 fell a little short and was not enough to fetch him a medal.
The Games, delayed a year due to China's measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, will be the country's biggest sporting event in over a decade in several metrics, with around 12,000 athletes from 45 nations competing in 40 sports.
India have become only the second team in men's cricket history to occupy the number one spot across all three formats after defeating Australia in the first ODI on Friday.
The prestigious championships for amateurs and professionals will take place under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, and will be held at the Zayed Sports Complex.
The total prize money pool is $10 million for the tournament, the same which was given in the 2015 and 2019 editions of the competition. The runners-up of 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup will receive $2 million, while the losing semi-finalists will get $800,000 each.