Japan's athletes win national adulation, personal battles amid largest ever Olympic gold haul

Yui Ohashi is the first Japanese woman to strike gold more than once at a single Games.
Yui Ohashi is the first Japanese woman to strike gold more than once at a single Games.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TOKYO - The road to Olympic glory was littered with stones for Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi, who has overcome injuries, anaemia, severe depression and thoughts of quitting the sport altogether.

But Ohashi, 25, emerged victorious - twice - in her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games, claiming gold in the women's 200m and 400m individual medley events.

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