A solitary leg kick separated the IOC Refugee team at the Olympics from an historic first medal. But Kimia Alizadeh, who had earlier knocked out gold-medal favourite Jade Jones in the taekwondo, just missed out.
A bronze medallist at the last Games, she fled Iran and sought asylum in Germany. Each of her 28 teammates have their own story of being displaced from the land of their birth and remarkably finding their way to Tokyo.
Chef de mission Tegla Loroupe is herself no stranger to conflict. In West Pokot from where she hails, it is not uncommon to see men laden with AK-47s across their shoulders.
Conflict in the far west of Kenya has long been an issue, with cattle rustling a way of life for many and tribal wars bubbling over.
For as long as Tegla Loroupe can remember, she has known such adversity. As a young woman, opportunities were limited, to the extent her father told her she was useless and would amount to being a babysitter at best for her 24 siblings.