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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Hong Kong's first Olympic gold since handover brings rare unity

But politics remain near surface, as some fans shout over Chinese anthem

HONG KONG -- The first Olympic gold medal won by a Hong Kong athlete since the territory's handover to China in 1997 has stirred an unusual sense of unity in a society so divided over political issues in recent years.

Fencing champion Edgar Cheung Ka-long became the city's hero after his victory Monday night in the foil event. The Olympic gold medal earns him various economic bonuses including from the government, which looks to use the win to bring people together. But fundamental differences among the public run deep.

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