Ryo Kiyuna, a three-time world champion, hails from Okinawa, where karate was developed centuries ago.
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New Zealander Laurel Hubbard has become the first to participate in the Olympics, but her appearance has received a mixed response.
Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weight lifter from New Zealand, will compete on Monday, as some question her right to be at the Games.
Despite earning a bronze in the marathon at the Tokyo Games in 1964, Kokichi Tsuburaya was plunged into a downward spiral until his tragic end.
While fans of the Ravens and the Chiefs would vigorously disagree, others might consider the removal of Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes welcome sights.