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In addition to Ecuadorean Richard Carapaz’s success in men’s street racing, the first day of Olympic competition in Tokyo wrote other stories.
Fencing: Szilagyi won the gold medal for the third time
Hungarian Aaron Szilagyi became the first male fencer in history to win three Olympic gold medals in a single field. The 31-year-old beat Italian Luigi Samelli 15:7 in the fencing final on Saturday. Szilagyi had already triumphed at the Games in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2016. So far, only one woman has managed to achieve such a hat-trick: Valentina Vezzali (ITA) won Olympic gold three times in a row in the singles foil between 2000 and 2008.
Judo: cheer Japan and Kosovo
Team Judoka Funa Tonaki won Japan’s first precious metal at this Summer Games. The 25-year-old world champion from 2017 lost in the final in the up to 48 kg category to Distria Krasnici of Kosovo with Waza-ari. For Kosovo it was the second-ever medal at the Olympics. Five years ago, Majlinda Kelmendi also won in judo in the weight category up to 52 kg in the first participation for the country. Naohisa Takato later took home the 40th gold for hosts Japan. The 28-year-old defeated Taiwan’s Yang Young-wei in the final in the weight category up to 60 kg.
Medal table: China top, USA flop
The United States got off to a false start in Tokyo. For the first time since 1972 (except for the Boycott Games in Moscow in 1980), the superpower is still without a medal after the first day. At that time, there were only two competitions in Munich, but this time there were 11 decisions with a medal. It is clear that China tops the list of medals (3 gold, 1 bronze).
SRF Zwei, sportlive, July 24, 2021, 7:00 a.m.; agencies / u
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