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You know you're somebody when you've appeared on an Indian dangal poster — in other words, in a wrestling advertisement.

The site of my first dangal was Seoni, India, the birthplace of Rudyard Kipling's character Mowgli, and the fight forever will be known as the "dangal in the jungle."

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As the Tokyo Olympics wind down the first - and perhaps last - ever karate competition concluded in a fashion sure to leave casual viewers disappointed. In the men's +75 kg kumite event Saudi Arabia's Tareg Hamedi landed a spectacular lead leg head kick to drop Iran's Sajjad Ganjzadeh only to be disqualified for too much contact. Meanwhile, the women's +61 kg division saw Egypt's Feryal Abdelaziz capture gold with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan's Irina Zaretska.

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Okinawa, the birth-place of karate, can now boast of producing the first ever Olympic gold medalist in men's kata competition. Three-time world champion and Okinawan native Ryo Kiyuna brought Japan its first karate gold as he claimed the title in dominating fashion outscoring Spain's Damian Quintero in the finals by more than a point with a score of 28.72. The United States' Ariel Torres claimed America's first karate medal when he captured the bronze, as did Turkey's Ali Sofuoglu.

In the kumite events, Jovana Prekovic of Serbia beat China's Yin Xiaoyan to claim gold in the women's 61 kg class while Italy's Luigi Busa won gold in the men's 75 kg category over Azerbaijan's Rafael Aghayev.

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Spain's Sandra Sanchez gained her own unique piece of martial arts history Thursday when she became the first ever Olympic karate gold medalist winning the women's kata competition at the Tokyo Games. The 39-year-old reigning world champion scored 28.06 to finish .18 points ahead of Japan's Kiyou Shimizu, who took the silver.

In kumite, France's Steven Da Costa defeated Turkey's Eray Samdan 5-0 to capture the men's 67 kg division while Bulgaria's Ivet Goranova beat Ukraine's Anzhelika Terliuga 5-1 to win the women's 55 kg category.

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