Denmark set new record and Thailand marked Olympic milestones in Tokyo 

Three of Denmark’s goal scorers in the great victory over Japan. And yes, goalkeeper Kevin Møller also came on the scoreboard. Photo: Susana Vera / Ritzau Scanpix

Records are being broken abundantly and countries mark Olympic milestones at an Olympics and this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are no different. 

On Saturday 24 July, Denmark wrote Olympic history against Japan when the country’s defending Olympic champion men’s handball team got off to a promising start to the title defense with a 17-goal victory over Japan. Media TV2 SPORT reports that never before have so many goals been scored in a men’s handball match at an Olympics as in Denmark’s current opening victory.

Saturday also marked a historic moment for Thailand when Panipak Wongpattanakit won Thailand’s first-ever taekwondo Olympic gold medal, first gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, and the 10th gold medal of all time. Media The Thaiger reports that the 23-year-old Suratthani native earned her first Olympic medal at the 2016 games in Brazil which in addition also makes her only the third Thai person in history to win two Olympic medals.

The 2020 summer Olympic Games in Japan is the fourth Olympic to be held in the country and is played between 23 July to 8 August. The Paralympic Games are scheduled to run between 24 August and 5 September. The Olympics will feature 33 sports at 339 events across 42 venues. The Paralympics will feature 22 sports at 539 events across 21 venues.

Most events are in the Greater Tokyo area, although some football games and the marathon will take place in the northern city of Sapporo.

FILE PHOTO: Panipak takes home her and Thailand’s first ever Olympic gold medal in taekwondo.

 

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