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A Cuban wrestler in the record books

Every Summer Games since 2008 has included Mijain Lopez, 38, a Cuban wrestler. His winning gold has become as reliable as a goofy moment in the opening ceremony. Tokyo did not disappoint, either, in the moment or Lopez’s gold. He secured his fourth. He became the sixth person to claim four gold medals in an individual event, joining the likes of Michael Phelps and Carl Lewis. Known for slinging opponents or coaches over his shoulder, Lopez, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, had said he would retire after the Tokyo Games. But after winning his latest Greco-Roman superheavyweight medal, he wouldn’t close the door on the Paris 2024 Olympics — at 41.

An American wrestler in the record books

Not to be outdone, the United States also provided a notable wrestling highlight. Tamyra Mensah-Stock slew her opponents and the internet with her emotional, exuberant celebration of winning gold. Her waterfall of tears during an interview after her final match, with some excited jumping thrown in, became a social-media sensation. Her achievement as the first Black woman — and the second American woman — to win gold in wrestling lives on forever.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock of the U.S. in action against Canada's Olivia Di Bacco.BERNADETT SZABO/Reuters

A diving prodigy finally gets gold

In 2008, at the Beijing Games, British diver Tom Daley was the spunky Olympic wunderkind at age 14. For a while, it looked like he and his partner in 10-metre synchronized diving, Blake Aldridge, were going home with a medal until they faltered in the final (and reportedly quarrelled before the dive). Since then, despite racking up medals at diving tournaments around the world, an Olympic gold medal eluded Daley despite acclaim as one of the best in generations. China, the most dominant country in diving, often stood in the way. Not in Tokyo. He won gold in synchronized 10-metre diving with his partner, Matty Lee, and a third bronze in the 10-metre platform (losing, naturally, to Chinese divers Cao Yuan, who won gold, and Yang Jian). It also looked like Daley won gold in Olympic athlete crocheting, spotted knitting in the stands between dives (he was making a cardigan for a brain cancer charity in honour of his father, who died in 2011).

When the sailing winners capsized their boat

Look, if you just won a gold medal in sailing, what happens to the boat afterward probably doesn’t matter much. Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil won the 49er FX competition and decided to sail toward friends on the shoreline. They encountered shallow water and rocks and broke the mast in the maneuvering. “We broke the mast, but it’s okay,” Kunze said. “It’s a nice moment. It’s going to stay in our mind forever.” They won gold at home in the 2016 Rio Games. And guess what? The boat capsized then, too.

Oldest Tokyo medalist tells all

It can be a bit strange to be 62 and an Olympian. Fellow denizens of the athletes village apparently had trouble processing this. “When people meet me in the village, they say, ‘Hey, so what do you do? Are you an official?’ And I say, ‘Well, I’m an athlete.’” Still, it must be nice to be Andrew Hoy of Australia. He is the Tokyo Games’ oldest medalist, earning a silver and bronze in equestrian (the youngest medalist was 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki of Japan, who won silver in, appropriately enough, skateboarding). Hoy got bronze in individual eventing, and Australia won silver in team eventing. An eight-time Olympian, Hoy made his first appearance at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, and he earned gold in Barcelona in 1992. He is Australia’s oldest-ever medalist. (Laura Kraut, at 55, became the oldest American to win a medal since 1904, taking silver in equestrian team jumping along with Jessica Springsteen and McLain Ward.) “I’m actually grateful people can still say how old I am,’’ he said, “because when I started in the sport, I used to be really proud of being the youngest person in the team.” Middle-age couch potatoes: Go get a horse.

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