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Swimmer Takayuki Suzuki won Japan’s first gold of the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, topping the field in the men’s 100-meter freestyle S4 category.

Suzuki finished in 1 minute, 21.58 seconds, passing Italy’s Luigi Beggiato, who took silver, on the second length of the pool to win by 1.63 seconds. Roman Zhdanov of the Russian Paralympic Team finished third, more than 5 seconds behind Suzuki.

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