Medals Soothe Japanese Discomfort Over the Games

Until a few days ago, the reputation of the Tokyo Games among the Japanese public was not exactly good. However, after a medal haul for the host nation on the third day of competition, people’s scepticism and “hostility” towards the event seems to be waning.

It should be remembered that before the start of the Games, a large percentage of the population was against the event taking place due to a large increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

However, it seems that the 13 medals won by the home nation so far (eight gold, two silver and three bronze) are creating a shift in public opinion.

The 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya took the world by storm with her sensational tricks in the street skateboarding competition, in which she took gold.

Later on Monday, Japanese gymnasts did the Asian country proud by taking the silver medal in the men’s team final. The gold medal was won by the Russian Olympic Committee with just a 0.103-point advantage over the Japanese.

On the other hand, tennis player Naomi Osaka comfortably beat Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-2 and continues her quest for the gold medal.

Australia also had joy, as swimmer Ariarne Titmus scored a heroic victory in the women’s 400m freestyle, beating five-time Olympic gold medallist Katie Ledecky in the process.