Tokyo 2020: Japan beat US to win first Olympic baseball gold medal

Japan's baseball team celebrate winning gold in men's baseball


Japan’s win sparked wild celebrations with the whole team rushing onto the field

An elated Japanese side won the coveted Olympic baseball gold at Tokyo 2020 after beating the United States on Saturday.

No doubt watched by a TV audience of millions across a baseball-mad nation, the hosts won 2-0 in a largely empty Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

The victory means Team Japan complete an historic double with the women’s softball team already taking gold.

USA claimed silver with the Dominican Republic taking bronze.

The winning squad will each receive a cash bonus of 10 million yen (£65,000) in what is a long-awaited first Olympic gold for them in the sport.

The celebrations on the field showed what it meant to Japan, with the entire team flooding the diamond and hoisting coach Atsunori Inaba into the air.

Munetaka Murakami hit a solo home run off USA starting pitcher Nick Martinez in the third inning to put Japan ahead.

Tetsuto Yamada then slid home in the eighth to add a second run,…