Serbia's Jovana Prekovic pips YIN Xiaoyan to win women's kumite -61kg gold 

Jovana Prekovic (L) of Team Serbia competes against Yin Xiaoyan of Team China during the Women’s Karate Kumite -61kg Gold Medal Bout on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Jovana Prekovic (L) of Team Serbia competes against Yin Xiaoyan of Team China during the Women’s Karate Kumite -61kg Gold Medal Bout on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Serbian karateka beats the People's Republic of China's YIN by Hantei to take the Olympic title. 

Jovana Prekovic of Serbia has defeated the People's Republic of China's YIN Xiaoyan to take gold in the kumite -61kg karate competition.

Prekovic, the 2018 world champion, who also won the 2021 European Championships, will now stand on the top of the podium at the Olympics after a Hantei victory over Yin.

The bronze medals were won earlier in the evening by Giana Lotfy, who lost to Yin by Hantei, and Merve Coban of Turkey, who lost 2-0 on points to the new champion Prekovic.

But the gold medal - in karate's first appearance at the Olympic Games - goes to Serbia's Prekovic.

Prekovic spoke after the bout about the surprise she felt when she realised she had won gold.

"I was so emotional and so happy because I'd worked a lot. I didn't believe (it) because I wanted to see what happened.

"I didn't see the judges and when I turned back I saw that I got gold."

And when asked what the medal means to her, the Serbian karateka turned her attention to the people supporting her back home.

"It is a very important gold because this is a second gold for our country and we will now be in a better position in the world rankings," she said.