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Highlighting The World’s Greatest: Women At The Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Jul. 29 2021, Published 4:50 a.m. ET

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Six days into Olympics 2020, women from across the globe are setting new records, making history and taking gold. This year’s new sports include sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding and karate are showing incredible results for women while long-time sports and other recent additions are equally taking our breath away as women show power, strength and grace.

New Sport Medals

As the new sports come on the scene after years of petitioning for Olympic recognition, women are making brilliant accomplishments.

In surfing, Carissa Moore, USA, has earned the first-ever woman to win a gold medal in surfing at the Olympics. Moore became the youngest world champion surfer 10 years ago. Of this win, Moore says, “I feel super blessed, super fortunate. It’s been an incredible experience. It’s been a crazy couple of days, a little bit of a rollercoaster of emotions just trying to figure out the break, find my rhythm, learning how to trust myself without my family here.”

Nishiya Momiji of Japan became one of the world’s youngest gold medal winners at age 13. Nishiya earned her gold in the new women’s street competition (skateboarding). She told reporters, “I welled up in tears because I was beyond happy.”

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Other History-Making Medals

Winning the first gold medal in nearly 100 years for the Philippines, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has huge moments to celebrate. Diaz took the gold in the 55-kilogram category of women’s weightlifting and set an Olympic record for her combined weight total of 224 kilograms across two successful lifts.

Taiwan’s Kuo Hsing took the gold in women’s 59-kilogram weightlifting, breaking three Olympic records, though she missed breaking her own world record previously won. “I was competing against myself, and I wanted to break the world record. I am very happy that I put all the pieces together now, adding in the Olympic gold medal today,” she said.

The U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team broke records as they won against Japan. The team won with the largest margin of victory in the sport at the Olympics with a victory of 25 to 4.

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USA Women Highlights

As of this morning, America has won 30 medals – 11 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze. Individual women have earned 15 of these, with women in teams earning at least another 5 in sports including:

  • Women’s basketball
  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Dressage
  • Fencing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon

With 11 days to go of Olympics 2020, we can expect many more great things and incredible wins by women the world over. To see all medals and events, please visit the Olympics website.

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By: Rita Pike

Rita Juanita Pike is the granddaughter of Jerrie Mock, the first woman to pilot an airplane around the world. Rita has taken inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theater, podcasting, and novel writing. She now writes about travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves a very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.

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