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

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.

Daniel Ostrander

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

  1. Dancing Umbreon says:

    Woah :0

  2. Jose Arturo Diroche pozo says:


  3. Dry Fruit says:

    Good for Japan. I hope for Tokyo 2020 softball

  4. Tomasito says:

    That’s a guy

  5. Aang3lz says:

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

  6. iFumoffu says:

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

  7. Rohan Sen says:

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

  8. ハマのジョン says:

    2020 TOKYO
    fight America fight Nippon

  9. platty 337 says:

    It looked like fun I hope it comes back

  10. Xswer Tvfds says:

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

  11. Joey Jerry says:

    The US were devastated they lost.

  12. instantsurgery says:

    there's crying in softball apparently

  13. Maia 536 says:

    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.

  14. Commander of Blinks says:

    I hope it come back

  15. Jingya Sun says:

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

  16. gaobear99 says:


  17. pawan Raj says:

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

  18. ZhangtheGreat says:

    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!

  19. peter_parkerBN says:

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


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

  21. Sean Skenes says:

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

  22. Боевые будни фотографа says:

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

  23. Yurek Hunt says:

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

  24. Noah Burkett says:

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

  25. Sniper 2000 says:

    Love this channel because it uses metric system

  26. Michele Marsching says:

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

  27. Miky ॐ says:

    Great japan

  28. Gaby Mariska says:

    Usa still The Best all sports 😅🇮🇩

  29. Ares Pertriousvis says:

    softball girls are hot

  30. Jakob Sprague says:

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

  31. Andrew Lennon says:

    Softball and you want a helmet?

  32. Paulie Jay says:

    What an annoying presentation

  33. Jordan Wignall says:

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

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  35. FTM _ says:

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

  36. Nate says:

    She reminds me of you — oh never mind

  37. Prasham Kumar says:

    They have softball and not cricket
    Doesn't make sense

  38. Franck James says:

    See you in 2020

  39. cool cat says:

    Sore losers no hate

  40. Pdawg says:

    Who else cannot wait for softball to come back?

  41. Christian Castro says:

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

  42. Christian Castro says:

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

  43. Lucas Calmus says:

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

  44. Quay Evano says:

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

  45. Jerry Brownell says:

    The U.S. was undefeated and Japan had one loss in the Gold Medal game. They finished with the same record but not the same result. U.S. is still the best.

  46. Majin Buu says:

    imagine going 22-1 and never playing again oof that score bothers me lmao

  47. Ola Færden says:

    No offence. But this sport has no place in olympics. Cool story tought!

  48. conartist j says:

    not to discredit it, but a 126 kph pitch is only 78 mph, something most 13 year old boys can throw and hit easily

  49. VOLCANO HD says:

    Why they were wearing shorts?

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