- Japan’s 2016 Olympic Medal Winners (Photo Gallery)
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Record Medal Haul
Japanese athletes won a total of 41 medals (12 gold, 8 silver, and 21 bronze) at the 2016 Summer Olympics held from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was Japan’s biggest ever medal haul, topping the 38 won in London in 2012. Relive the key moments with the photos below.
Swimmers Hagino Kōsuke (right) and Seto Daiya took gold and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 400-meter individual medley. When they received their medals on August 8, it was the first time in 60 years for Japanese swimmers to share the podium.
Smiling female wrestlers Doshō Sara, Ichō Kaori, and Tōsaka Eri (from left) holding their gold medals on August 17. Ichō became the first woman in any event to win individual gold medals in four successive Olympics.
Yoshida Saori (right) missed out on four consecutive gold medals as she was only able to take silver after losing to Helen Maroulis of the United States in the final of the women’s freestyle 53-kilogram wrestling on August 18.
Arai Hirooki finished third in the men’s 50-kilometer walk on August 19. After initially being disqualified for making contact with a Canadian walker during the race, he saw his bronze medal reinstated following an appeal.
Cambridge Asuka (center) speeding away beside Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the final leg of the men’s 4 x 100-meter relay on August 19. Japan set an Asian record of 37.60 seconds, stunning the world with a silver-medal finish.
(Banner photo: Japan’s silver-medal winning 4 x 100-meter relay team. From left: Yamagata Ryōta, Iizuka Shōta, Kiryū Yoshihide, and Cambridge Asuka. All photos © Jiji.)