The Tokyo Olympics delivered historic moments from start to finish. Some athletes set records for long-standing dominance in their sports. Others became the first in their nations’ histories to win a medal of any kind. And sports such as surfing and karate made their Olympic debuts.
With the Closing Ceremonies complete, here’s a look back at the most impactful firsts of the Tokyo Olympics:
First skateboarding medal: The street and park competitions made their debuts in Tokyo, and the host country dominated, with three of four gold medals won by Momiji Nishiya (women’s street), Sakura Yosozumi (women’s park) and Yuto Horigome (men’s street).
First gold medal for Philippines: In women’s weightlifting, Hidilyn Diaz gave her country of 108 million people its first Olympic gold medal after 97 years of trying. She set two Olympic records in the 55-kilogram division.
First medals of any kind for San Marino: San Marino (population 34,000) became the smallest country ever to medal. In shooting, Alessandra Perilli won bronze in the women’s trap competition, while the mixed team won silver in team trap. Myles Nazem Amine won bronze in men’s freestyle wrestling at 86 kilograms.
First surfing medal: Honolulu native Carissa Moore, a member of surfing’s hall of fame, won gold on the women’s side. Brazil’s Italo Ferreira won the men’s competition.
First gold medals for Qatar: Qatar’s first gold medals came in a pair, with Mutaz Essa Barshim winning the men’s high jump (and sharing the honor with his friend Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy) and Fares Elbakh taking the men’s weightlifting competition at 96 kilograms.
First medal of any kind for Turkmenistan: Polina Guryeva gave Turkmenistan — an isolated country located in Central Asia along the Caspian Sea and mostly covered in desert — its first medal with silver in women’s weightlifting at 59 kilograms.
First gold medal for Bermuda: Flora Duffy won the women’s triathlon for the island’s first gold medal. Bermuda entered this year with one Olympic medal, a bronze from 1976 in heavyweight boxing.
First karate medal: Karate joined the Olympics in the country where it was born, and Okinawa native Ryo Kiyuna, a three-time world champion, won gold in men’s kata.