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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.
China won its first gold medal of the Beijing Games, emerging victorious on Saturday in short track speedskating's mixed team relay in the event’s Olympic debut.
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.
It began shortly after President Xi Jinping and International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach entered the iconic Bird's Nest stadium, its rim bedecked by the flags of the 91 competing nations and regions.
Before performing the feat, Molchanov used 'lung packing,' which is a breathing technique that allows divers to inflate their lungs with as much as two gallons of air and stay underwater for minutes at a time.
Salah wrote: "My sincere condolences to the victims of the Abu Sefein Church, with my best wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured."
Sajjad Akbar Khan of Pakistan Television won the Sohni Dharti Badminton Tournament in Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah. He defeated Iftikhar Chaudhry of Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah after a tough contest in the final.
The Under-21 international becomes the Premier League champions' fourth signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.