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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 — which is similar to bocce and one of only two Paralympics sports that have no counterpart in the Olympic program — and one of three medals earned for Japan on the fifth full day of competition in Rio.

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