Yuta Watanabe: “It’s the first time Japan has won a bronze medal in mixed doubles so this is a big medal for us. We also want to go further, so please shout for us. Getting a bronze medal for Japan is very meaningful. I wanted to receive a better colour but it’s enough.

“It’s been 10 years since we (Arisa Higashino) paired up. There have been tough times but she helped me a lot and I am very glad that we came this far and I’m really grateful.”

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