The Japanese capital will be hosting its second Summer Olympics, from 24 July to 9 August, 56 years after having organised the Olympic Games for the first time. Here, we take a look at twelve Japanese athletes that have made excellence their habit and as such, will be looking to win gold for their countrymen in the Tokyo arena. She then cemented her place at the top table of tennis by winning the Australian Open making her the first Asian player to lead the world ranking.
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As Japan flew past its previous best single-games Olympic gold medal total with its 17th on the eighth day of the Tokyo Games, its female athletes were hauling their share of the load. By the end, the women carried the day. Japan won gold medals in 14 women's, 12 men's events and one mixed event, and of the medal total, female-only events resulted in 30 podiums. This is quite a shift for Japan as compared to previous games and poignant considering what took place at the head of the Olympic organizing committee.
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Five of the eight medals Team Japan has won thus far were won by women, including three of the gold medals, according to the latest Olympics medal count. But in earlier interviews , she noted that Japanese media covers golfers Hinako Shibune, a woman, and Hideki Matsuyama, a man, differently. Shibuno, there are reports about her eating sweets and snacks and about her smile. I want them to be treated equally.
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