Olympic Success Gives Hong Kong an Emotional Lift in Hard Times

As China clamps down on its civil and political rights, Hong Kong is finding solace and hope in its best-ever Olympic showing.

By Hannah Beech

TOKYO — The light red flag with the five-petaled bauhinia flower does not represent a country. But Hong Kong, the Chinese territory where political and civil rights have been battered in recent months, is enjoying its strongest-ever showing at the Tokyo Olympics, capturing gold in fencing and two silvers in swimming.

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