Japanese judoka Uta Abe won the gold medal in the women’s 52kg category in Tokyo this Sunday, hours before his brother Hifumi won gold in the men’s 66kg final, making history as the first brothers to win gold medals on the same day.
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The feat came a day after three-time world champion Naohisa Takato secured Japan’s first gold medal in judo in Tokyo by beating Taiwanese Yang Yung-wei, underscoring the hosts’ strength in the 140-year-old sport.
Uta, 21, dominated his bouts in the 52kg division, but needed a golden score in the final against Amandine Buchard, from France.
“It was a dream for us,” Uta told reporters when asked about simultaneously winning gold with her brother. “It makes me believe that dreams come true.”
Uta and Hifumi hugged and congratulated each other after the medal ceremony, she said.
“I was thrilled with how they encouraged each other,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Twitter, congratulating them.