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The City of Tokyo: Tokyo is the capital city of Japan. Tokyo is the centre of the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo is also a mega city and one of the world's major global cities. Tokyo includes two major parts- the main land and the islands. The mainland is located to the north-west of Tokyo Bay . The two island chains stretch into the Pacific Ocean

-- Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands . Some of Tokyo's landmarks are Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Tower, Nogi Shrine, Advertising Museum Tokyo, Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market, Hama - Rikyu Teien Garden, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Bunkamura the Museum and Meiji Shrine.

The Eighteenth Olympiad: The 1964 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad . The Games were held in Tokyo, the capital of Japan in the year 1964 . Tokyo was chosen as the host o the 1940 Summer Olympics. Due to Japan's involvement in war with China, the Games were reorganized in Helsinki . However, the 1940 Olympics were cancelled because of the outbreak of the World War II.

Venue: The Eighteenth Olympiad was held at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo in Japan . The stadium is located in Kusumigaoka Shinjuku-ku Tokyo . The stadium was built in the year 1958 as the Japanese National Stadium .

Participants: 5140 competitors from 93 countries took part in the eighteenth Olympiad . The participating countries were Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Guiana, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Ceylon, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, P.R. Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagaskar, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Rhodesia, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Soviet Union, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanganyika, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Republic, U.S.S.R., U.S.A., Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the seventeenth Olympiad there were 163 events in 19 sports. Medals were awarded for athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: U.S.S.R. won the maximum number of medals in the Eighteenth Summer Games with a total of 96 medals ( 30 gold, 31 silver and 35 bronze) . United States won 36 gold medals . Japan, the host country won 29 medals in total with 16 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Eighteenth Olympiad: The Eighteenth Summer Games were held from 10 th October to 24 th October in the year 1964 in Tokyo , the capital city of Japan. The Games were officially opened by HIM Emperor Hirohito . The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Takashi Ona. In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Yoshinori Sakai . Tokyo was the first Asian city to host Summer Games .

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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