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Wheelchair fencers exhibit unique skills

Sep 17, 2016

Wheelchair fencers exhibit unique skills

The Paralympic wheelchair fencers enter the arena to the strains of the James Bond theme tune, but even 007 probably couldn’t duel while stuck in a chair. Many skillful athletes are overcoming a lot of disabilities at the Rio Games. However, fencers have a ...

Experts continue search for WADA hackers

Sep 17, 2016

Experts continue search for WADA hackers

Medical data from some of the world’s leading athletes has been posted to the web and the World Anti-Doping Agency says Russians are to blame. Even the hackers seem to agree, adopting the name “Fancy Bears” — a moniker long associated with the Kremlin’s ...

Japan claims three more medals but wait for gold continues

Sep 16, 2016

Japan claims three more medals but wait for gold continues

Japan added three more medals in athletics, wheelchair tennis and swimming on Thursday, but continued to feel the sting of not achieving a gold medal thus far at the Rio Paralympics. A silver-medal effort from T52 wheelchair racer Tomoki Sato in the men’s 1,500 ...

'Shark Boy' making splash in, out of Paralympic pool

Sep 14, 2016

'Shark Boy' making splash in, out of Paralympic pool

When South African Achmat Hassiem competes in the Paralympic swimming pool, he motivates himself by imagining a shark just behind — the shark that bit off half his leg a decade ago. The fates of Hassiem and sharks have been inextricably wrapped up since ...

Japan boccia squad claims silver medal in Rio

Sep 13, 2016

Japan boccia squad claims silver medal in Rio

Japan’s chance of winning its first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics was blown Monday when the four-member boccia squad was defeated by Thailand 9-4 in the mixed team BC1-2 final. Still, the silver was the country’s first-ever Paralympic medal in the sport — ...

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

Sep 13, 2016

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

The government said Tuesday it will bestow the People’s Honor Award on Kaori Icho who became the first female wrestler to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals at last month’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Her accomplishments have moved many people deeply and ...

Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose ...

Hirose grabs judo bronze

Sep 10, 2016

Hirose grabs judo bronze

Junko Hirose won judo bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Friday, earning Japan’s fourth overall medal, as the country’s first gold remains elusive and the slow start continues. Hirose, 25, competing in the 57-kg division of women’s judo for visually impaired athletes, earned ...