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Japan Gets Record Number of Medals at Rio Olympics

The 31st Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Aug. 5 to 21.

Over 11,000 athletes from 205 countries and regions, more countries and regions than ever before, participated in the Rio events in 28 different sports.

Japan won 41 medals: 12 golds, 8 silvers and 21 bronzes.

That surpassed Japan’s previous record of 38 medals at the London Olympics in 2012.

Japan dominated the judo competition by winning 12 medals in 14 weight classes. Japanese swimmers won nine medals in competitive and synchronized swimming.

In wrestling, Japanese athletes won seven medals, including four golds. Icho Kaori became the first female athlete to win an individual gold medal at four straight Olympics.

Mizutani Jun won the bronze in men’s singles to become the first Japanese table tennis player to win an Olympic medal in a singles event. He also led the Japanese men’s team to its first Olympic silver medal. The tennis player Nishikori Kei won the bronze in men’s singles, Japan’s first Olympic medal in tennis in 96 years.

 

In the closing ceremony on Aug. 21, Tokyo Governor Koike Yukiko appeared in kimono. The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, handed over the Olympic flag to her. As part of a presentation on the next Olympic venue, Prime Minister Abe Sinzo surprised everyone by appearing dressed as the game character Mario.