ABE Uta, a two-time global judo champion, won gold for the host nation by defeating Amandine Buchard of France in the women’s 52kg final on 25 July at Tokyo 2020. Uta broke down in tears after the victory.
The 21-year-old faced up against Buchard, the European champion, in her Olympic debut match in the Nippon Budokan.
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Neither judoka was particularly dominant until Abe scored an ippon, forcing a golden score and ultimately a victory for the Japanese competitor. After a long fight, the two rivals hugged one other in relief.
Later, an emotional Abe commented, “The sense of having won a gold medal is starting to rise inside of me, but it truly hasn’t sunk in yet.” Who knows, maybe it wasn’t the best time, but I just couldn’t help myself.
“It was like an explosion of feeling and delight. The journey here felt long at times and incredibly quick at others. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, I am here today. I feel nothing but gratitude.
Though I still haven’t really processed it, I can feel the excitement of having won a gold medal rising up inside of me.
I don’t know if it was the right thing to do, but I couldn’t help myself. Feelings of happiness and excitement burst forth.
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