Akira Sone continued Japan's judo gold rush at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, beating Cuba's Idalys Ortiz for the women's over-78-kilogram title.
Japan won its first Olympic fencing gold medal and set a record with 17 gold medals at a single Olympics by winning the Tokyo Games' men's team epee on Friday.
Japan secured its largest gold medal haul of any Olympics on Friday, winning the host country's 17th in men's fencing team epee to surpass its previous record at the last Tokyo Games in 1964 and Athens in 2004.
Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino gave Japan its first ever badminton mixed doubles Olympic medal on Friday, when they captured the bronze in the third-place playoff at the Tokyo Games.
Japan decided Friday to expand its COVID-19 state of emergency to Osaka and three prefectures near Tokyo as a recent spike in coronavirus cases to record levels has raised fears that the country's medical system could collapse amid the Tokyo Olympics.
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- Japan were knocked out in the last eight in the Tokyo Olympics women's football tournament on Friday in a 3-1 loss to Sweden.
Japan's Daiya Seto finished fourth in the men's 200-meter individual medley on Friday, missing out on a medal in the only final he reached at the Tokyo Games.
- The Tokyo Olympic organizing body on Friday reported 27 more COVID-19 cases linked with the games, the highest daily count since infections began being compiled from the beginning of this month.
- A week since the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, fraught with many difficulties, the gold medal rush of Japanese athletes has lifted the spirits of a public that remains largely worried about staging the multinational sporting event amid a once-in-a-century pandemic.
- As Japan's impressive medal haul grows, sales of official Tokyo Olympics merchandise such as badges and keyrings have been surging, with fans queuing outside stores to buy them despite mounting COVID-19 infections.
- American world No. 5 Xander Schauffele jumped to the top of a congested leaderboard at the midway point of the Tokyo Olympic men's golf tournament Friday, while Japan's Hideki Matsuyama closed to within three shots of the lead.
- As luck would have it, the men's 100-kilogram judo champion at these Tokyo Olympics is a lone wolf.
- Hikaru Mori's bid to become Japan's first-ever Olympic medalist in trampoline ended with a disappointing qualification-round exit when she lost her bearings during a backflip attempt in her second routine on Friday.
- Japan's women's basketball team had a formula they hoped would give them a win over the United States on Friday, they fell 86-69 but gave the Americans all they could handle for a stretch of the game at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Japanese gymnast Daiki Hashimoto has responded to critics on social media claiming he got an unfairly high score for his gold medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Jpanese Crown Prince Fumihito will attend the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in lieu of Emperor Naruhito, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.
- Recently crowned table tennis mixed doubles Olympic champion Mima Ito added a women's singles bronze to her Tokyo Games medal haul with a 4-1 win over Singapore's Yu Mengyu on Thursday.
- Japan swept Thursday's judo events at the Tokyo Olympics, with Shori Hamada winning a gold medal in the women's under 78-kilogram event and Aaron Wolf claiming the men's under 100-kg title at Nippon Budokan.
- Mai Murakami posted the best finish by a Japanese woman in the Olympic individual all-around gymnastics when she finished fifth on Thursday behind Tokyo Games gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States.
- Local hope Kei Nishikori bowed out of the Tokyo Olympic tennis tournament Thursday with a 6-2, 6-0 loss to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the men's singles quarterfinals.
- The Japanese women's rugby sevens team lost the first two games of their Olympic tournament on Thursday, continuing the host nation's poor Tokyo Games in the sport.
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