Jul 27, 2021 - Sports

Japan tops U.S. 2-0 for softball gold

Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night.
Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

TOKYO – Holding the U.S. team to just three hits, Olympic host country Japan captured the first gold medal for softball in a dozen years, winning 2-0.

Why it matters: Japan is the Americans' main rival in softball. The sport's Olympic future remains uncertain.

The U.S. came into the gold medal game undefeated, having beaten Japan 2-1 on Monday. However, the team struggled on offense, producing just 7 runs during those four games.

  • Japan's only loss, meanwhile, was that narrow defeat to the U.S.

What's next: Softball won't be in the 2024 Paris Olympics, but could be back for the Games in Los Angeles four years later.

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