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Japan Topple Softballs Champions in Beijing 2008 | Olympics on the Record


Since the 1940s, there were
many attempts to get softball into the Olympic Games,
but it took about 50 years before it eventually happened. Softball was finally put on
to the calendar for the 1996 Olympic Games
in Atlanta. It probably won’t surprise you
to learn the United States won. They won again in 2000. And again in 2004. Heading to Beijing 2008 and armed with
an All-American, Jennie Finch, home run record holder
Crystl Bustos and strike-out queen
Cat Osterman, the mighty USA softball team
was ready to defend its crown. The Americans were undefeated
in 22 Olympic matches and were looking
to extend that record. Japan, who had previously won
a bronze and silver, were desperate to go one
better. In order to overcome
the mighty United States, they needed someone special,
someone awesome. Someone like Yukiko Ueno. In 2004, Ueno became the first softball
player to pitch a perfect game at the Olympic Games. Seven innings – no hits,
no walks. Ueno was recognised as the
fastest pitcher in the game, throwing fastballs at
a terrifying speed of 126kmph. 126kmph? Hmm. What is that in miles
per hour, do you think? I think that’s… FAST! Everyone feared Ueno, but Team
USA did not dominate the sport by accident.
They had their own star – the greatest slugger in the
history of women’s softball. Meet Crystl Bustos. The Californian big hitter
held the record for the most home runs
in Olympic history. The proud winner
of two Olympic gold medals, Bustos had reserved
a place on her ample arm to mark a third
consecutive victory. Look how fierce she is. Yeah, she reminds me of yo-… Oh, erm, never mind. The 2008 gold medal match – the final final.
Japan versus the United States. The decision to end
softball’s status as an Olympic sport gave extra
meaning to the contest. The game began with
a two-inning stalemate. No score on the board. Japan finally got on the
scoreboard when Masumi Mishina
just made it to home plate. In the fourth inning, Eri Yamada doubled the
advantage with a home run… ..which sprung Crystl Bustos
into action. She did her thing. Boom!
And Team USA were back in it. In the bottom of the sixth, the
US had a massive opportunity to run up the score,
with bases loaded. The pressure was on Super Ueno. A home run would put
the Americans 5-2 ahead. Not on Ueno’s watch. The pendulum swung in the
other direction. Megu Hirose made home plate,
putting Japan ahead 3-1. Back to Ueno. If she could
shut out the Americans in the final inning,
the gold was finally Japan’s. Three outs
were all that was required. One. Two. One more out to go. Got her! In this clash of titans,
Japan had inflicted a first, and final, victory
over the United States. The queens of softball
were dethroned. Softball disappeared from the
schedule after 2008. Japan still reign supreme.

David Frank

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46 COMMENTS

  1. Jose Arturo Diroche pozo Posted on October 22, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Cool

    Reply
  2. Dry Fruit Posted on October 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Good for Japan. I hope for Tokyo 2020 softball

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  3. Aang3lz Posted on October 22, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Awesome bit of history as I am watching Ace of Diamond 🙂 I hope they return for the next olympics

    Reply
  4. iFumoffu Posted on October 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    what a shame, that the sport is not longer in the olympics

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  5. Rohan Sen Posted on October 23, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Ughhh I wish softball was still an Olympic sport 😭 catching at a stage like that would be awesome😫

    Reply
  6. ハマのジョン Posted on October 23, 2017 at 2:21 am

    2020 TOKYO
    アメリカとの戦いがまた始まる
    fight America fight Nippon

    Reply
  7. platty 337 Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    It looked like fun I hope it comes back

    Reply
  8. Xswer Tvfds Posted on December 7, 2017 at 7:58 am

    the real life version of S.O.S brigade vs the Tomigahara pirates

    Reply
  9. Joey Jerry Posted on December 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The US were devastated they lost.

    Reply
  10. instantsurgery Posted on December 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    there's crying in softball apparently

    Reply
  11. Maia 536 Posted on December 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    For the longest time I was wondering who Jennie Finch was because she trained at a baseball academy close to me. I finally know who she is, thank you.

    Reply
  12. Joey Jerry Posted on December 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I bet all the dislikes were Americans. I wish Japan won this in 2020. Imagine the roar they would get.

    Reply
  13. Commander of Blinks Posted on February 20, 2018 at 5:36 am

    I hope it come back

    Reply
  14. Jingya Sun Posted on March 6, 2018 at 6:04 am

    I'm honestly surprised no one's written a manga about this yet….

    Reply
  15. gaobear99 Posted on March 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    北京で上野からホームラン打った唯一の打者がブストス
    ブストスから三振を奪った唯一の投手が上野

    Reply
  16. pawan Raj Posted on April 23, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    126KMPH in cricket we call it slow medium 😂😂. In women's cricket the top speed is 140KMPH.

    Reply
  17. ZhangtheGreat Posted on April 24, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Softball's back in 2020, and if it's USA vs. Japan in the finals again, you can bet that home crowd in Tokyo will be screaming!

    Reply
  18. peter_parkerBN Posted on April 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Woww and when they mention ueno, wasn't tht attack-of-titan-effect

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  19. MORD THE CHEEK BUSTER Posted on April 30, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    126 kilometers per hour =
    78.2928 miles per hour if anyone was wondering

    Reply
  20. Sean Skenes Posted on May 3, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    they should add baseball cause more then 3 people actually watch it

    Reply
  21. Alfa Romeo Posted on May 16, 2018 at 3:17 am

    JAJAJAJA, LAS JAPONESAS SE FOLLARON A LAS GRINGAS…

    Reply
  22. Боевые будни фотографа Posted on May 29, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Невероятно!!!!!! Наверно американки недооценили своих оппонентов, а потом психологически тяжело было перестроиться

    Reply
  23. Yurek Hunt Posted on June 6, 2018 at 6:03 am

    It's always great to see the biggest cheats in world sport go down!

    Reply
  24. Noah Burkett Posted on July 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Why does every youtuber use kilometers instead of miles. USA Is all that matters so use Mph next time

    Reply
  25. Sniper 2000 Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Love this channel because it uses metric system

    Reply
  26. Michele Marsching Posted on August 6, 2018 at 12:26 am

    2:31 – What has the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany to do with Beijing 2008?

    Reply
  27. Gaby Mariska Posted on September 8, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Usa still The Best all sports 😅🇮🇩

    Reply
  28. Farken Behg Posted on September 12, 2018 at 7:05 am

    softball girls are hot

    Reply
  29. Jakob Sprague Posted on September 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    I kniw it is the olimpics but why cry when you get second

    Reply
  30. Andrew Lennon Posted on October 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Softball and you want a helmet?

    Reply
  31. Paulie Jay Posted on October 12, 2018 at 10:37 am

    What an annoying presentation

    Reply
  32. Jordan Wignall Posted on October 15, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I’m glad us lost, because they think there the best at everything wean there not

    Reply
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  34. FTM _ Posted on October 26, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    IT'S BACK! Ready for some Softball in 2020.

    Reply
  35. Nate Posted on November 5, 2018 at 1:38 am

    She reminds me of you — oh never mind

    Reply
  36. Prasham Kumar Posted on November 30, 2018 at 8:12 am

    They have softball and not cricket
    Doesn't make sense

    Reply
  37. Franck James Posted on December 2, 2018 at 8:33 am

    See you in 2020

    Reply
  38. cool cat Posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Sore losers no hate

    Reply
  39. Pdawg Posted on April 26, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Who else cannot wait for softball to come back?

    Reply
  40. Christian Castro Posted on May 1, 2019 at 9:04 am

    1:13 when you realize it’s a Godzilla reference

    Reply
  41. Christian Castro Posted on May 1, 2019 at 9:05 am

    2:04 King Kong references dats tuff 😂 😂😂😂

    Reply
  42. Lucas Calmus Posted on May 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Lol at 2:30 you see a shot of the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin…dont really know why

    Reply
  43. Quay Evano Posted on September 8, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Do you have a video why bowling is not in the Olympics?

    Reply
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