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From Osaka to Matsuyama: Japan’s best hopes of Olympic glory in Tokyo

Fans will not be filling the arenas but the host nation still expects a taste of glory on Japanese soil after their Rio bonanzaThe decision to ban spectators from attending all but a handful of Tokyo 2020 events amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in the ho…

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From Osaka to Matsuyama: Japan’s best hopes of Olympic glory in Tokyo

Fans will not be filling the arenas but the host nation still expects a taste of glory on Japanese soil after their Rio bonanzaThe decision to ban spectators from attending all but a handful of Tokyo 2020 events amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in the ho…

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World’s richest cycling race puts keirin in spotlight before Olympics | Justin McCurry

The winner of this weekend’s Keirin Grand Prix in Japan will take home nearly $1m but why has international success been elusive for the 2020 Olympic hosts in the event it invented?Thousands of people armed with betting slips will pack into an ageing v…

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Louis Smith pommel fall leaves Team GB gymnasts out of medals in all-around

• Smith laments late change to harder pommel routine after Britain finish fourth
• Kohei Uchimura leads Japan to gold, as Russia take silver and China bronze

It was job done for Kohei Uchimura as the all-around genius of gymnastics finally filled in his Olympic gold collection with Japan’s first team gold since 2004. But there was mission failure for Great Britain, who had high expectations after finishing second to Japan in last year’s world championships, and ended up just out of the medals.

Earlier this week Nile Wilson admitted that the British men’s team are “adrenalin junkies” – apparently one of their favourite group activities is to watch horror movies – and this final was full of nerve-shredding moments that might haunt them for some time. While they stayed in contention throughout, mistakes cost them dear, and when Louis Smith fell from the pommel on their final apparatus, their challenge was over.

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Japanese Buddhist priest sets sights on canoe gold at 2016 Rio Olympics

• Kazuki Yazawa prays in the morning then trains each afternoon
• ‘I never had the intention of balancing the two,’ says canoeist

When he’s not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold.

The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to bring home a medal.

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Arsenal sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima

• Asano joins Granit Xhaka in signing for Arsenal this summer
• Wenger: ‘Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future’

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign the 21-year-old Japanese striker Takuma Asano from the J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Asano made his full international debut for Japan last August and has since gone on to make five appearances for his country. The forward is expected to be named in the Japan squad for the Rio Olympics later this summer.

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