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Team USA Softball Falls in Comeback Bid Against Japan

The American women fell to Japan in the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics, ending the game 2-0 and winning the silver medal.

The game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium remained 0-0 until the top of the fourth inning when Japan brought one runner home. They followed that up with another run in the fifth inning.

Just one day prior to Tuesday’s loss, the U.S. women had bested Japan 2-1. The gold medal game was likely a case of déjà vu for Team USA, as the last time softball was on the Olympic schedule — the 2008 Beijing Olympics — they also fell to Japan in the final. It was a crushing defeat for the American team, who’d been on a 5-0 winning streak.

The game marked a rematch for the two teams, who battled it out for the gold in Beijing in 2008 with similar results: Japan won the gold with a 3-1 victory, leaving America with the silver.

The loss in Beijing snapped a long-running streak of success for the American team, who had previously won gold during the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

After their loss in Beijing, Team USA was forced to wait more than a decade for a shot at redemption; softball was not a part of the international competition in 2012 or 2016.

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