The Tokyo Olympics, which ended in August 8th, was a wundrous flourish of action, emotion, and excitement. Many won medals, fought to the end, and celebrated their victories. Now, the curtain will be opened to the Paralympics, which will begin in August 24th.
Team Japan had a very good record of medals in this olympics. In fact, they achieved more medals than they ever have before in any Olympics. It would be wrong not to showcase these amazing feats. So without further ado, here are my favorite medals of all of the medals that Japan got.
|MIZUTANI Jun / ITO Mima||TTE||Mixed Doubles|
|ITO Mima||TTE||Women’s Singles|
Mizutani Jun / Ito Mima, mixed doubles, Gold medal
In a heated battle against two of China’s best players, the Japanese pair won and achieved the first table tennis gold medal for their country. Ever since table tennis became an olympic sport, China has always crushed the rankings, almost always winning gold and (usually) silver. For Japan to win their first gold medal and defeat China at their best sport was a huge achievement. Watching the match was a true thrill.
Ito Mima, women’s singles, Bronze Medal
Ito Mima, who also won the gold medal above, won the bronze (Japan’s first women’s singles medal) in July 29th. She also went on to win silver in the women’s groups, becoming a star for the Japanese table tennis world.
Team Japan, Gold Medal
Japan knocked out Team USA in both baseball and softball, landing their first gold medal in baseball. These were big wins for Japan, not only because they won gold but because they beat such a strong and practiced team, not even allowing a single point from the American squad in either game.
|WOLF Aaron||JUD||Men -100 kg|
|TAKATO Naohisa||JUD||Men -60 kg|
|ABE Hifumi||JUD||Men -66 kg|
|ONO Shohei||JUD||Men -73 kg|
|NAGASE Takanori||JUD||Men -81 kg|
|SONE Akira||JUD||Women +78 kg|
|ABE Uta||JUD||Women -52 kg|
|ARAI Chizuru||JUD||Women -70 kg|
|HAMADA Shori||JUD||Women -78 kg|
|TONAKI Funa||JUD||Women -48 kg|
|YOSHIDA Tsukasa||JUD||Women -57 kg|
Judo, probably Japan’s strongest sport, was where they got the most medals, snatching TWELVE of them. Nine golds, two silvers, and one bronze. They also got their record for the most judo golds ever.
|HASHIMOTO Daiki||GAR||Men’s All-Around|
|HASHIMOTO Daiki||GAR||Men’s Horizontal Bar|
|KAYA Kazuma||GAR||Men’s Pommel Horse|
|MURAKAMI Mai||GAR||Women’s Floor Exercise|
Hashimoto Daiki won gold in two consecutive events (Men’s All-around and Horizontal Bar), leading Team Japan in a five medal finish.
Skateboarding: Japan took home three golds and an overall count of five medals, leading the world in skateboarding medals.
Basketball: The women’s basketball team made it all the way to the finals, losing to USA, but securing a silver medal.
Swimming: Japan won 3 medals total and Ohashi Yui won two consecutive golds.
I hope you enjoyed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just as much as I did! What were your favorite medals?
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