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Japan return to hero’s welcome after best winter medal haul

Japan's Olympic team returned to a hero's welcome after its best-ever showing at a Winter Games, with 13 medals - more than half by women - beating a previous record of 10 two decades ago.

The Olympians were greeted with a warm welcome from fans who came out in large numbers at Narita International airport .

Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, took gold in the men’s singles competition, reasserting his dominance after being off the ice for weeks having injured his ankle in a training fall in November. The win, ahead of compatriot Shoma Uno, who took silver, made the 23-year-old Hanyu the first man in 66 years to defend an Olympic title.

Other gold medalists included Japanese speed skater, Nao Kodaira, who took gold in the women’s 500 metres in an Olympic record time of 36.94 seconds, becoming the first female speed skater from japan to win an Olympic title in an individual event.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics wrapped up it’s 17-day event on Monday to make way for the Paralympic Winter Games which will begin on March 8.

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