Japan Earns Record 13 Medals in Pyeongchang Olympics (News)


Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 25 (Jiji Press)—Japan earned a total of 13 medals, including four golds, in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, which ended on Sunday, with the total number marking a record high for the country in the history of the Winter Olympics.

The Japanese squad waves to the crowd during the Pyeongchang Olympics Closing Ceremony on February 25, 2018. (© Jiji)

One of the four golds was won by Hanyū Yuzuru in men's singles figure skating. Hanyū defended the title he gained in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, becoming the second man in 66 years to clinch two consecutive Olympic golds in the sport.

The three other golds were won in speed-skating events for women. Kodaira Nao scored a victory in the 500-meter sprint with an Olympic record time of 36.94 seconds, becoming the first Japanese female speed skater to win an Olympic gold.

Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium filled with the world's Olympic teams at the Closing Ceremony. (© Jiji)

The Japanese squad of Takagi Nana, her younger sister Miho, Satō Ayano, and Kikuchi Ayaka won the team pursuit event.

Takagi Nana claimed her second gold at the Pyeongchang Games in the mass start event, which was newly added to the Winter Olympics. She is the first Japanese female athlete ever to claim multiple gold medals in a single Winter Olympics.

From left: Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova, Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva, Japan's Hanyū Yuzuru, Russia's Alina Zagitova, Japan's Miyahara Satoko, and Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond thank the crowd after the exhibition skating to close out the figure skating events at Pyeongchang 2018. (© Jiji)

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