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  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Tokyo 1964 welcomes the world to the Olympic Stadium

    Under a magnificent blue autumn sky, the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XVIII Olympiad was filled with exciting moments, in particular when Japanese athlete Yoshinori Sakai, born on 6 August 1945 and nicknamed “Hiroshima Baby”, lit the Olympic cauldron in a symbolic gesture of peace and hope. At the end of the Ceremony, Japanese jet planes formed the Olympic rings in the sky.   
    10 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 1964, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Olympic News

    Hitoshi Saitō, the first two-time Olympic heavyweight judoka champion

    On 1 October 1988 in Seoul, Hitoshi Saitō achieved something nobody had managed before: he successfully defended the title won four years earlier in Los Angeles, the first Japanese judoka to achieve this double at the Games, and the first in the heavyweight category. This secured his place in the history of his sport, before he went on to coach the successful Japanese judokas at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. 
    01 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Judo, Japan
  • News | Olympic News

    Venus Williams won her first Games titles 19 years ago, and she hasn’t finished yet!

    Venus and Serena, Serena and Venus: the Olympic and global saga of the Williams sisters has made tennis history over the last two decades. It was Venus who first made her mark at the Games, winning the women’s singles at Sydney on 27 September 2000. Nineteen years later, she is the only five-time Olympic tennis medallist, and is hoping to do well again at Tokyo 2020!
    27 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Tennis, WILLIAMS, Venus, WILLIAMS, Serena, United States of America
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Kim Rhode aiming for seven out of seven at Tokyo 2020

    In 2016, American shooter Kimberly Rhode achieved the unprecedented feat of winning a medal at six straight editions of the Summer Games, going all the way back to her double trap title at Atlanta 1996, aged 17. Now 40 and the skeet world no. 1, she has no intention of stopping any time soon; she is targeting a seventh consecutive medal at Tokyo 2020 and, looking beyond that, victory in front of a home crowd at Los Angeles 2028.
    25 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, United States of America, Shooting, On the road to Tokyo, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Lausanne 2020

    2020 Vision: Sports stars offer young athletes strong support

    As the countdown continues to the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), olympic.org takes a look at the Athlete Role Models who will be on hand to help, advise and support the young athletes in Lausanne.
    23 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Lausanne 2020, YOG
  • News | Olympic News

    David Douillet writes judo history in Sydney in 2000

    After winning a second consecutive Olympic gold medal among the heavyweight judokas, on 22 September 2000 in Sydney, David Douillet hung up his kimono, with a list of achievements that made him the biggest star in his sport in the 1990s. His successor in France is none other than Teddy Riner, who intends to go one better by winning a third title in Tokyo in 2020!
    22 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Judo, France
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Olympic champions impress as sprint canoeists get first taste of Tokyo 2020 venue

    Fierce racing and a serene setting helped contribute to a successful canoe sprint test event at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo. The Ready Steady Tokyo Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe event, organised by Tokyo 2020, saw many of the sport’s top competitors participate.  
    17 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020 test events, Tokyo 2020, Canoe Sprint
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