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Japanese siblings who won judo gold at the Tokyo Olympics vow to defend titles in Paris


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Uta Abe, right, speaks as her brother, Hifumi Abe, is seen behind her at a farewell party in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward on Wednesday.

Two judoka siblings who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics spoke about their desire to defend their titles at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Hifumi Abe, 26, won the 66-kilogram class in Tokyo, while 23-year-old Uta won in the women’s 52-kilogram class.

The siblings spoke at a farewell party hosted by their employer Park24 Co., an operator of parking facilities in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. Primary and secondary school children training at the company’s judo hall encouraged the Abe siblings by handing them groceries and bouquets of flowers.

“I would like to achieve my goal of definitely winning the title and winning gold medals again with my sister,” Hifumi said.

“I want to shine brightest at the Paris Games,” Uta said. “I will do my best in every match.”

Other members of the company’s judo club have qualified for Paris, including Wolf Aaron, who won gold in the men’s 100 kilogram class.

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