Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Fireworks explode above Tokyo National Stadium at the end of the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. The word “arigato”, seen on the left, means thank you in Japanese.

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Updated at 1404 GMT (2204 HKT) on August 8, 2021

Fireworks explode above Tokyo National Stadium at the end of the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. The word “arigato”, seen on the left, means thank you in Japanese.

Abbie Parr / Getty Images

The Tokyo Olympics arrived a year later than expected, and very few fans were able to attend due to the ongoing pandemic.

But these Games still produced amazing performances and unforgettable moments.

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won the most gold medals in Tokyo (five) and Australian swimmer Emma McKeon won the most medals overall (seven). Only one other woman in history, Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, won seven medals in a single Olympics.

Simone Biles and her struggles with “the twisties” dominated the headlines in gymnastics, but she bounced back to win a bronze medal on balance beam. And when she couldn’t defend her individual all-around title, her teammate Suni Lee became the fifth consecutive American to win the event.

In track and field, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah became the first woman to win the 100 and 200 meters at the back-to-back Olympics. World records have been broken in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles. And American Allyson Felix has become the most decorated woman – and the most decorated American – in Olympic athletics history.

Four sports made their Olympic debuts this year: karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing. And transgender athletes Laurel Hubbard and Quinn have broken down barriers.

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