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'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 — ...

/ 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 ...

Japanese athletes grab medals on mat, in pool

Sep 9, 2016

Japanese athletes grab medals on mat, in pool

Makoto Hirose claimed silver in the men’s 60-kg weight class for judoka with visual impairment to earn Japan’s first medal at the Rio Paralympics as full competition got underway on Thursday. His countrymen added two bronze medals, with Satoshi Fujimoto winning the men’s 66-kg ...