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Judoka Naohisa Takato wins Japan's first gold at Tokyo Games

Naohisa Takato is seen after winning gold in the men's 60-kg judo event at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, on July 24, 2021. (Mainichi/Noriko Tokuno)
Naohisa Takato of Japan, left, and Yang Yung-wei of Taiwan compete during their men's 60-kg judo match final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, on July 24, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

TOKYO -- Japanese judoka Naohisa Takato has won gold in the men's 60-kg judo event on July 24, the first gold medal for team Japan at the Tokyo Games.

    Takato, who won bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, beat Yang Yung-wei of Chinese Taipei in the final. This is Japan's first gold medal in the men's 60-kg judo event since the 2004 Athens Olympics, when Tadahiro Nomura won gold.


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