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.
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.
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.
Facing seventh-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, the unseeded American was broken eight times on Court Philippe Chatrier and lost 6-3, 6-1. Jabeur won 15 of 16 points on Pera’s second serve.
A draw in the final round proved enough for Grandmaster (GM) Aravindh Chithambaram of India to become one of only two players to win back-to-back championships in the history of the Dubai Open Chess Tournament.
His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, graced the Vice President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup with his presence as he crowned the champions of the tournament. The highly anticipated event was held over the weekend at the Shabab Al-Ahli Club in Dubai, captivating a large