Japan's Ryo Kiyuna etched his name into Olympic history on Friday, becoming the first gold medalist in the men's kata event.
Three-time world champion Kiyuna beat Spaniard Damian Quintero in the final, finishing first with a score of 28.72 to Quintero's 27.66 at the Nippon Budokan.
It was a rematch of the men’s gold medal kata event at the 2018 world championships in Madrid -- which the Japanese also won.
Karate is making its debut at the Summer Games in Tokyo this year.
Kiyuna is the only karateka to have won a men's kata medal in each of the past four world championships.
He was in an appreciative mood after becoming the sport's first Olympic gold medalist.
"I appreciate standing on this stage at the Olympics," he told reporters after.
"There are so many people who have been working so hard with Covid-19, and I appreciate that I can stand here even in this situation."
Turkey's Ali Sofuoglu and Team USA's Ariel Torres won bronze medals.