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Feryal Abdelaziz bites her medal (L) and reacts at her match against Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan in Tokyo on Saturday. Reuters
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Feryal Abdelaziz of Egypt has clinched the first Olympic karate gold medal in women’s over-61 kilogramme kumite, beating Azerbaijan’s Iryna Zaretska.
This is Egypt’s second Olympic gold medal since 1948.
The 22-year-old Abdelaziz went ahead on a yuko with 28 seconds left in a cagey final bout. She scored again three seconds later and hung on for a 2:0 victory celebrated with a primal scream.
Feryal Abdelaziz reacts in Tokyo. Reuters
Egypt has been competing at the Olympics since 1912, but Greco-Roman wrestler Karem Gaber’s gold in Athens in 2004 was the nation’s only other gold in the past 73 years.
Family members were not allowed to accompany athletes due to coronavirus restrictions but later the International Olympic panel had announced that breastfeeding mothers would be allowed to bring their children to Japan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the lad for history effort. He took to Twitter and said, “History has been scripted in Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever.
Badminton star Chou Tien-chen is heading into the 2020 Olympics coachless, but hopes for Tokyo gold with the help of his physiotherapist and expert consultations.
The Olympic flame for the 2020 Tokyo Games was lit in ancient Olympia on Thursday amid an unprecedented health lockdown as Greece registered its first death from coronavirus.
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South Africa finished on 288-3 for a seven-wicket victory with 11 balls remaining. South Africa leads the ODI contest 2-0 and clinched the series ahead of a final game in Cape Town on Sunday.