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Japan hands USA first Olympic loss, takes gold medal in 2-0 win

Japan's Yukiko Ueno, left, fields a ground out during a softball game against the United States...
Japan's Yukiko Ueno, left, fields a ground out during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)(Matt Slocum | AP)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 9:09 AM EDT
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TOKYO, Japan (WCTV) - For a second-straight Olympic tournament, the United States of America fell to Japan in the softball gold medal game, as the Olympic hosts took down the stars and stripes, 2-0, Tuesday morning.

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It’s the second-consecutive silver medal for the US, who has medaled in every softball event in the Summer Games.

The loss is the first of the Olympic tournament for the United States, who were also shut out for the first time these games.

FAMU strength and conditioning coach Haylie McCleney went hitless for the first time in the tournament.

It’ll be another long wait for the U.S. to attempt to regain golden glory: Softball is not part of the Olympic program in the 2024 Paris Games but is expected to be part of the 2028 Games, hosted by Los Angeles.

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