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Japan shocks USA for gold medal
Yukiko Ueno pitched Japan to the gold medal in women's softball.
Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The United States softball team will remember the name Yukiko Ueno.

How long until they see her again is anyone's guess.

In the last Olympic softball game for at least eight years, Ueno pitched Japan to the gold medal on Thursday night in a shocking 3-1 upset of the three-time defending Olympic champion Americans.

The U.S. -- riding a 22-game winning streak dating back to a single loss at the 2000 Sydney Olympics -- was the overwhelming favorite to win the gold in Beijing, having claimed every one since Atlanta in 1996.

But Ueno stymied the notoriously powerful U.S. offense with seven solid innings -- bringing her total innings pitched to 28 over the last two days -- in leading Japan to its first gold medal in women's softball.

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