24.07.2021 Athletics

Judoka Luka Mkheidze takes first medal for France

AP - Vincent Thian
LISTEN JUL 24, 2021
AP - Vincent Thian

First day, first medal for the French Team! Luka Mkheidze took the bronze medal in judo in the -60 kg category on Saturday.   

The Frenchman refused to give up after his defeat in the semi-final against Yung Wei Yang from Taiwan. Instead he took his revenge by dominating the Korean Jin Won Kim in the same golden score.  

 Mkheidze forced his opponent to make mistakes and accumulated three penalties to secure the Olympic podium.  

Japan's first gold  
 Japan's Naohisa Takata took the title after his victory in the final over Yung Wei Yang. In the women's event, Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo was crowned Olympic champion in the -48kg category. Krasniqi defeated Japan's Funa Tonaki in the final on a waza-ari.   

Judoka Naohisa Takato won Japan's first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday with victory in the men's 60kg final at the iconic Nippon Budokan.  

The 28-year-old made up for his disappointing bronze medal in Rio five years ago by getting the host nation up and running in the Games with a win over Taiwan's Yang Yung-wei.  

Earlier, Japanese world number three Funa Tonaki had suffered an agonising defeat by Kosovo's Distria Krasniqi in the women's 48kg final.  

Her silver, though, was her country's first medal of the Games.  

Takato, a three-time world champion, got the better of a tense encounter with Yang, winning three minutes and 40 seconds into a golden score.  

Yang was called for a third shido (penalty) to give Takato, who lost in the 2016 quarter-finals, victory.  

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