Sato wins men’s 1,500 to earn Japan’s first gold at World Para Athletics Championships


Tomoki Sato brought home Japan’s first gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships on Sunday by winning the men’s 1,500 meter T52 wheelchair race in a meet record of 3 minutes, 45.89 seconds.

Sato, who won two silver medals at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics last summer, was joined on the podium by Hirokazu Ueyonabaru, who won bronze in 4:01.56.

The United States’ Raymond Martin was second (3:47.04).