Japanese fencers celebrate winning the country’s first-ever Olympic gold in the men’s epee team event. (Photo: Getty Images)
The host nation Japan have secured their first-ever fencing gold medal at an Olympic Games defeating ROC 45-36 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 30.
Celebrations erupted amongst Team Japan's quartet of Masaru Yamada, Koki Kano, Kazuyasu Minobe and Satora Uyama at Makuhari Messe as they became the first Asian nation to win gold in the men epee team.
It's been 21 years since a non-European NOC - that being Cuba - won a medal in the event when they took bronze at Sydney 2000.
The Republic of Korea beat China 45-42 for bronze for their first Olympic medal in the men's epee team.
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Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Team Croatia (bottom) embrace compatriots Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig after winning their Men's Doubles Gold Medal match at Ariake Tennis Park on July 30, 2021. (Photo: Getty Images)
It was an all-Croatian affair in the final of the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Doubles competition at Ariake Tennis Park as the outstanding team of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic defeated their countrymen Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in a three-set thriller to top the podium.
The all-Croatian grand finale required a super tie-breaker after Cilic/Dodig clawed back from losing the opening set. But Pavic/Mektic kept their cool to win the first-to-ten tie-breaker (10-6) and scoop the gold medal while Cilic and Dodig had to be content with silver despite a late fight-back in the tie-break.
Earlier in the day on the Ariake Tennis Park courts, the New Zealand men’s team of Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus picked up the bronze medal with a straight two-set victory (7-6, 6-2) over the favoured American team of Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren.
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Vietnamese swimming ace Nguyen Huy Hoang finished fifth in Heat 3 and 12th overall among 29 participants in the men’s 1500m event at Tokyo 2020 on July 30.
Hoang completed the race in 15:00.24, nearly eight seconds behind eighth-placed Kirill Martynychev of ROC (14:52.66).
Despite failing to make the final, Hoang’s performance in Tokyo improved by over one second compared to his time at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia (15:01.63).
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal count as of 10.30pm on July 30.
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