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Olympic Games: the stabilizing force

Tuesday 25 May

Ever present since the team events at an Olympic Games were first held in 2008 in
Beijing, always the name of Jun Mizutani has appeared on the selection published
by Japan.

 

 

For the ensuing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the team events scheduled to be held
from Sunday 1 st to Saturday 6 th August, the young man who caught our eye when
14 years old at the inaugural World Junior Championships staged in 2003 in
Santiago, is once again on duty.

 

He is the stabilizing force alongside Tomokazu Harimoto and Koki Niwa; that fact is
underlined by his record. Overall, in team events he has played 13 singles matches,
won 11; in doubles, always with Seiya Kishikawa, it is played seven, won five.
Always when the clarion calls, Jun Mizutani responds.

 

Beijing 2008
In Beijing in 2008 he lined up alongside Kan Yo and Seiya Kishikawa.


Group 3-0 Nigeria
Singles: v Segun Toriola 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8
Doubles: v Monday Merotohun / Kazeem Nosiru 11-9, 11-9, 11-7


Group 3-0 Russia
Singles: v Dmitry Mazunov 12-10, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9
Doubles: v Alexey Smirnov / Dmitrij Mazunov 11-4, 11-6, 11-5


Group 3-0 Hong Kong
Singles: v Cheung Yuk 11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6
Doubles: v Ko Lai Chak / Li Ching 5-11, 11-4, 12-14, 14-12, 15-13


Semi-Final 2-3 Germany
Singles: v Timo Boll 5-11, 11-8, 4-11, 7-11
Doubles: v Dimitrij Ovtcharov / Christian Süss 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 14-12


Play-Off 1-3 Austria
Singles: v Chen Weixing 8-11, 3-11, 10-12
Doubles: v Robert Gardos / Chen Weixing 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 14-12


Defeats against Austria, it is the only occasion in a team event when Jun Mizutani
has failed to record a win.

 

London 2012
Four years later in London, Seiya Kishikawa remained, Koki Niwa replaced Kan Yo.


Round One 3-0 Canada
Singles: v André Ho 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
Doubles: v Pierre-Luc Hinse / André Ho 11-7, 11-4, 11-6


Quarter-Final 2-3 Hong Kong
Singles: v Jiang Tianyi 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
Doubles: v Leung Chu Yan / Jiang Tianyi 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 11-13


Unbeaten in his singles matches in London, it was a disappointing outcome; four
years later in Rio de Janeiro it was to be a very different result.

 

Rio de Janeiro 2016
In both Beijing and London, Jun Mizutani had competed in the doubles partnering
Seiya Kishikawa; in Rio de Janeiro, Maharu Yoshimura replaced Seiya Kishikawa.
Jun Mizutani was always named to compete in the potential two singles matches.
It proved a wise decision; for the very first time in the men’s team event Japan
secured a medal, the colour silver.


Round One 3-2 Poland
Singles: v Jakub Dyjas 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10
Singles: v Daniel Gorak 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9


Quarter-Final 3-1 Hong Kong
Singles: v Wong Chun Ting 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8


Semi-Final 3-1 Germany
Singles: v Timo Boll 11-9, 11-5, 12-10
Singles: v Bastian Steger 11-5, 11-4, 11-4


Final 1-3 China
Singles: v Xu Xin 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11, 12-10


In Rio de Janeiro, an unbeaten performance, the mainstay of Japan’s podium finish.

 

Editor: Ian Marshall

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