Naohisa Takato made amend of his failure to claim a gold medal at Rio 2016 after he captured Japan’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a win over Taiwan’s Yang Yung Wei in the men’s under-60 kg final at Nippon Budokan on Saturday.
Takato’s victory came shortly after Funa Tonaki claimed silver in the women’s under-48 kg to give Japan it’s first medal of the games.
Nerves got the best of Takato at the Rio Games in 2016, where he left with a bronze medal. After being selected to the team for the 2020 Games, he said one of his goals was to compete with more poise on the mat.
He showed that against Yang, earning an ippon victory in the golden score period.
Takato had to survive a grueling semifinal match against Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov to claim his spot in the final.
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