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Wrestler Orta gives Cuba its first gold medal in Tokyo Olympics



HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) Greco-Roman wrestler Luis Alberto Orta gave this Monday Cuba the first gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games underway in Japan.

Orta defeated two-time world champion Kenichiro Fumita of Japan, in a win by points 5-1, to become the new Olympic champion in the men's Greco-Roman 60kg

Fumita, who was the no.1 seed, was looking to become the first Greco-Roman wrestler to win Olympic gold on home soil since Seoul 1988 - Republic of Korea's Young-Nam Kim won the in 74kg.

Orta took an early advantage in the first period with a 4-0 lead before Fumita was able to score a point.

As the clock ticked down, Fumita was unable to find the points needed to clinch the gold from the Cuban wrestler.

While it was pure elation for Orta at Makuhari Messe, the opposite feeling was seen across Olympic debutant Fumita's face as he began to cry.

People's Republic of China's Sailike Walihan took bronze in a close match against Ukraine's Lenur Temirov before former world champion Sergey Emelin of ROC defeated Victor Chiobanu of Moldova.

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