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 The word "arigato", meaning "thank you" in Japanese, is seen at the end of the ceremony. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 
Tokyo 2020 Olympics

In pictures: Tokyo Olympics closed as COVID rages

Philippines wins first gold, Taiwan defeats China and fencer cheers Hong Kong

KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei Asia photo editor | Japan

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Olympics closed on Sunday, a year after they were originally scheduled to due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and three days after the host city for the first time recorded more than 5,000 new daily infections. Organizers said the 17-day sporting spectacle would show the world's defiance of the virus, but the contests were all held in spectator-free arenas and stadiums.

Aug. 8

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo waves the Olympic flag at the closing ceremony for Tokyo 2020 on Sunday. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
Performers during the closing ceremony (Photos by Takaki Kashiwabara and Hirofumi Yamamoto)
Athletes attend a closing ceremony. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)
 Olympic flame and cauldron at the closing ceremony (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)
 Representatives carry participating nations' flags during the closing ceremony. (Photo by Rie Ishi)
Tokyo's National Stadium is lit up as athletes gather during the closing ceremony. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)
French Air Force Patrouille de France fly past Eiffel Tower at Paris' Olympics fan zone during the closing ceremony.   © Reuters
 Fireworks are seen during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Closing Ceremony at the outside of stadium. (Photo by Yo Inoue)
Men's Marathon started in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture.

Men's Marathon started in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture.

Aug. 7

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Japan won the Olympic gold medal in baseball at the Tokyo Games on Saturday by beating the United States 2-0.

Aug. 6

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Akiyo Noguchi of Japan and Jessica Pilz of Austria race up a wall in a sport climbing heat as a Gundam figure looks on.

(Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

The tools of the photojournalist's trade are prepared ahead of the games at Olympic Stadium.

Aug. 5

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Kiyou Shimizu strikes a pose during the women's individual kata competition.

Aug. 4

(Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

The competing nations' flags wave at the Olympic Village in Tokyo.

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Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who had taken refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo, arrives at Narita International Airport, outside of Tokyo, for a flight to Vienna.

Aug. 3

(Photo by Rie Ishii)

Sena Irie wins Japan's first gold medal in women's boxing, defeating world champion Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines.

Aug. 2

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New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard makes history by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics in a different gender category to that assigned at birth, but she suffers a disappointing early exit from the women's +87 kg final after three no lifts in the snatch.

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Commuters arrive at a crowded Shinagawa Station at the start of the workday, nearly all of them wearing face masks to protect themselves from a coronavirus outbreak that did not slow down throughout the games.

Aug. 1

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Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple of the United States pose in front of photographers with their gold medals for the 4x100 medley relay.

July 31

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Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin celebrate after defeating Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China to bring the badminton men's doubles gold to Taiwan.

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People take photos in front of a display of the Olympic rings outside National Stadium.

July 29

(Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

A judo match takes place without spectators at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo.

July 27

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Naomi Osaka of Japan walks off the court after losing her third-round match against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

July 26

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Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long sent fans back home into rapture by winning the men's foil individual event for the city's first Olympic gold in 25 years.

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Hidilyn Diaz wins the Philippines' first Olympic gold by besting world champion Liao Qiuyun of China in the women's 55 kg division of weightlifting.

(Photo by Rie Ishii)

Japan's Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani capture the gold medal in mixed doubles table tennis by edging China's Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin, 4 games to 3.

July 23

(Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

Drones create a replica of the earth above National Stadium.

(Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

Performers make replicas of the 50 Olympic sports logos.

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Naomi Osaka holds the Olympic torch after lighting the caldron.

(Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

The Olympic flame is lit during an Opening Ceremony with no spectators.

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