Japan owes the first place to Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito, among others. They gave their country the first gold medal in table tennis. In the mixed doubles final, a new Olympic event, they defeated Chinese pair Xu Xin and Liu Xuan. Defeating China in a table tennis final is a rare occurrence. It’s only the fifth gold medal (33 in total) not to go to China and the first since the 2004 Games.
Japan now has eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals. The United States won seven golds, three silvers and four bronzes. China still has the highest number of medals, six gold, five silver and seven bronze.
The Netherlands is still waiting for its first gold medal. Following the road race cyclists, Mathieu van der Poel also failed to fulfill his favorite role in mountain biking. De Brabander withdrew early.
Swimmer Arno Kamenga awarded Chef de Mischen’s team Peter van den Hoogenband its third silver in the 100m breaststroke. With this number in the medal table, the Netherlands takes 24th place. At the previous Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Netherlands took 11th place.
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