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Historic moments of the Olympic Games -- Rio 2016

2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics -- Japan's Kaori Icho kisses her gold medal during the award ceremony for the 58-kilogram division in the women's wrestling while raising her four fingers to show that she has won four consecutive Olympic gold medals, the first time a woman had achieved the individual feat in Olympic history. (Mainichi/Daisuke Wada) =Click/tap photo for more images.

With the start of the Tokyo Olympics approaching on July 23, The Mainichi has dug into the Mainichi Shimbun photo archive for a look back at the historic moments of previous games. We've prepared a photo special for each of the Summer Olympic Games held since Tokyo 1964 -- the first in Asia -- up until Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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