Momiji Nishiya poses with her goal medal. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Teenagers are making the headlines in sports -- and how! Two months ago, Erriyon Knighton, an American teenager, beat Usain Bolt's record in 200m at a track league event. He overtook favourite Trayvon Bromell and smashed the legendary Jamaican's record by .02 seconds.
Another teen sportsman, this time toplining the world of football, is 18-year-old Barcelona player Ansu Fati. He has been compared with the likes of Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe.
British teen wonder Emma Raducanu has been making waves in the world of tennis, rocking Wimbledon with her debut performance. Unfortunately, she was forced to quit the event due to breathing difficulties in a match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
Now a 13-year-old Japanese girl is the darling of the crowd at the Tokyo Olympics. Momiji Nishiya has stolen the hearts of millions of her countrymen and sports buffs all over the world after she clinched the gold in the women's street skateboarding competition on Monday. Tears of joy ran down her cheeks as she realised she had become the country's youngest ever gold medal winner.
Interestingly, the other two winners in the category were also teenagers: Brazilian Rayssa Leal, 13, and Funa Nakayama, 16.
Her win created a double impact in skateboarding for Japan as compatriot Yuto Horigome won gold in the men's street event on Sunday.
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final.
"In order to restore sense of safety, I will get the coronavirus pandemic, which has raged worldwide and is now severely affecting Japan, under control as soon as possible,” Suga said. "I will stand at the frontline of the battle while I get the people's cooperation."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in had hoped the two countries, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, could field a combined team in Tokyo and rebuild momentum for improved relations.
The 50 highest ranked players on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex will take on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates - designed by two-time Open Champion, Greg Norman - competing for a share of the $9 million prize pot.
Saud Al Shamsi, Tournament Director of the Dubai CrossFit Championship, said: “We are really excited to announce yet another edition of what has become one of the most anticipated competition in the world of CrossFit.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Mulla looked unbeatable as he launched his bid for a fourth consecutive world aquabikes title at the Regione Sardegna Grand Prix of Italy.
Title sponsor Dubai Duty Free supported five of the eight races on the programme, with prize money totalling £ 276,500, including the day’s feature, the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes, named in honour of the locally trained 1971 Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero.