Tokyo Olympics: karateka Steven Da Costa snatches gold

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The Frenchman did not miss his chance: karateka was adorned with gold at the Tokyo Olympics by beating the Turkish Eray Samdan in the final.

Steven Da Costa Thursday August 5 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. (Mickael Chavet / Zuma / ABACA)


This one, you shouldn’t miss it. The French Steven Da Costa shone this Thursday in Tokyo in the karate final in the category of – 62 kg against the Turkish Eray Samdan. It thus becomes, at years old, the first Olympic medalist in the history of French karate. The discipline is indeed making its debut at the Olympics in the Nippon Budokan , mythical temple of martial arts, concretizing years of struggle for its recognition within the IOC. But let the spectators not be mistaken, she only made a quick visit to the Olympic Games and was not selected for Paris 2021. So it was the year or never for Steven Da Costa, world champion in 2000 and double European champion

“Whether it’s the first Games, the last, whatever happens, I’m going for the gold ”, assured with conviction the brand new Olympic champion before go to Japan from Libé, who 20210804 followed him during his Olympic preparation . In Tokyo, Steven Da Costa did not waver. “Edgy” by his own admission during his first fights, the Lorrainer knew how to control his nerves to fight his way to the ultimate victory despite the particular format of the Games (two pools of five unlike the classic format, with direct elimination of entrance).

The Olympic preparation of Steven Da Costa followed by Libé

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