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What Happened on the Final Day of the Tokyo Games


TOKYO — There was a smaller menu on the last day of this most unusual Olympics, but it was an elite one.

The U.S. women’s basketball team won the gold medal over Japan, 90-75, their seventh straight Olympic title. A’ja Wilson had 19 points for the United States.

The U.S. women’s volleyball team also won gold, their first ever, beating Brazil, 3-0.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya defended his Olympic marathon title, becoming only the third man to win gold medals in back-to-back Games.

Jennifer Valente won the United States’ only track cycling gold of the Games, taking the women’s omnium, a four-event bicycle decathlon of sorts.

Bulgaria won the gold in group rhythmic gymnastics, France in women’s handball and Serbia in men’s water polo.

There was great competition at these Games. How could there not be? And the sport didn’t look half bad on TV. But there was also an emptiness, physically in the stands and in the loss of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for the city and people of Tokyo. All of this will be the legacy of the 2020 Olympiad.

Sayonara from Tokyo. See you in Beijing and Paris!


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