Olympics: A bold, new generation, foreign expertise, a Games held next door – China's resurgence explained

TOKYO – With the advent of the coronavirus pandemic and a one-year delay, only a brave soul would have dared predict how the 2020 Olympics would pan out.

But one thing was certain: Few would have foreseen China’s dominance of the medal table as it threatened to supplant the United States, ultimately falling short only on the last day.

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