• Kyodo


Ryo Kiyuna captured Japan’s first-ever gold medal in karate at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday — and a first Olympic title for an athlete from Okinawa Prefecture — topping Spain’s Damian Quintero in the men’s kata final.

Kiyuna, who has not lost a competition since February 2018, scored 28.72 points out of 30 for his performance at Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts.

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