Now that the 17-day Tokyo Olympics are over, here are some of our popular stories from the games and beyond:
Daiki Hashimoto emerges as Japan's new gymnastics star
19-year-old Daiki Hashimoto won two gold medals on his Olympic debut in men's gymnastics, dominated for years by "King" Kohei Uchimura, the winner of the last two individual all-arounds at the Olympics, while Mai Murakami claimed the bronze medal in the women's floor exercise.
Japan's Daiki Hashimoto wins men's gymnastics all-around gold
Olympic gymnastics champ Hashimoto responds to scoring criticism
Gymnastics "King Kohei" Uchimura bows out in Tokyo after fall
Japan's Murakami makes history with floor exercise bronze
Japan's Hashimoto wins horizontal bar for 2nd gold medal in Tokyo
Daiki Hashimoto of Japan performs in the men's horizontal bar final at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 3, 2021, at Ariake Gymnastics Centre. Hashimoto won his second gold medal of the games. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Japan puts crack in wall of China in Tokyo table tennis
Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani's epic gold-medal win in the mixed doubles table tennis final at the Tokyo Games exposed cracks in the wall of dominant China, and Japan won medals in each of the sport's events except the men's singles.
Mizutani, Ito win historic gold in table tennis mixed doubles
Japan's Mima Ito adds bronze to mixed table tennis doubles gold
Japan's table tennis teen star Harimoto makes surprise Tokyo exit
Japan takes table tennis women's team silver, China wins in Tokyo
Japan men top South Korea to win team table tennis bronze
Tokyo Olympics closes but pandemic rages on
After a one-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo is still and more than ever struggling with a surge in infections, and some Olympic-related cases also grabbed attention.
Tokyo logs record COVID cases over 5,000 amid medical collapse fears
Tokyo Olympics report 1st post-competition COVID-19 case
Tokyo Olympics see 1st cluster of COVID-19 infections
Tokyo Olympics see record COVID-19 cases for 2nd straight day
Japanese men's badminton singles top seed Momota knocked out
While men's badminton singles top seed and world No. 1 Kento Momota was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics, meaning another of Japan's biggest stars and gold medal hopes has fallen to the wayside, his injury in January 2020 in a car crash in Malaysia drew renewed attention and women's match stories were also well read.
Badminton world champ Kento Momota injured in Malaysia car crash
Matsumoto, Nagahara crash out of badminton women's doubles
Naomi Osaka suffers shock 3rd round women's singles tennis loss
Japan's Fukushima, Hirota take 1st women's badminton doubles loss
Some athletes make the news outside games
Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard Olympic village bed goes viral
2 Georgian judoka ejected from Olympics for violating COVID protocols
Ugandan athlete in Japan for Olympics who went missing heads back home