It has been a spectacular year for Japan at the London Olympics. A haul of 38 medals by the athletes has been the biggest so far. The delegation gathered for one last round of ceremonies recently, almost 250 members participated in the disbandment ceremony at a Tokyo hotel. Keeping the spirit of the games alive, flag-bearer Saori Yoshida handed the Hinomaru flag to Chef de Mission Haruki Uemura, who returned it to Japan Olympic President Tsunekazu Takeda.
All the seven gold medal winners attended the ceremony, this included men’s gymnastics all-around winner Kohei Uchimura, 57-kilogram judoka gold-medalist Kaori Matsumoto, and 66-kg freestyle wrestler Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. Saori Yoshida had won her third consecutive Olympic title in the women’s 55-kg wrestling; she was along with the other gold medal winners were given a special award by JOC president Takeda.
The 38 medals haul has been spread over a variety of sports and this includes first-time wins in the field of table tennis and badminton. The final tally of 7 golds, 14 silvers, and 17 bronzes, had everyone beaming from ear to ear.