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The first Olympic gold in karate for Norway was won by Annika Saelid at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The final of Female Kumite + 59kg saw two of the favorites facing each other in the bout for gold Norway's Annika Saelid got the Youth Olympic title after beating Japan's Sakura Sawashima 3-0.The 17-year-old karateka scored three "Yuko" to complete a heartfelt and moving performance.
These are the words from Annika in the WKF interview.
"I worked so hard to be here and to do what I do best that I feel very great to be able to win a medal. I was not sure of my chances here but I got to the semi-finals, and then to the end and then I won gold! "Said Annika Saelid.
"It means so much to me because my brother got diagnosed with cancer just before I came here, so I wanted to this for him This is an incredible moment to me, there are no words to explain it," added the young karateka.
Women's Kumite +59kg
1. ANNIKA SAELID – NOR
2. SAKURA SAWASHIMA – JPN
3. ALTOONI NEGIN – IRI
3. LAUREN SALISBURY – GBR
All the winners