Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the head of Russia's Olympic Committee, praised his daughter Sofia Pozdniakova after she added to the family legacy on Monday by claiming the gold medal in the women's individual sabre event at the Tokyo Olympics. Pozdnyakov, a five-time Olympic medallist in fencing who won the sabre individual event at the 1996 Atlanta Games, called the moment an important date in his family's history.
Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova on Monday branded the Tokyo Olympics unfair due to the number of athletes ruled out of the Games and criticised organisers for scheduling morning finals to meet the demands of U.S. prime time television. Now appearing in her fourth Olympics, Efimova cut a controversial figure at the 2016 Rio Games after being called a drugs cheat by American rival Lilly King, the eventual 100 metres breaststroke gold medallist. The Russian, who was disqualified for 16 months from October 2013 to February 2015 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid https://www.reuters.com/article/swimming-russia-doping-efimova-idINKBN0DT0LD20140513, won the silver medal.
Team GB can look back with pride on a magical Monday.
Jordanian taekwondo silver medallist Saleh Elsharabaty said he was happy for Russian Maksim Khramtcov's victory in their 80kg final match-up on Monday, calling his opponent a "brother" who deserved the prize. Elsharabaty's Olympic medal was only the second for his country after Ahmad Abughaush's gold in Rio, also in the Korean combat sport. Khramtcov comfortably won the match 20-9 for the Russian Olympic Committee team.