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Japan still chasing gold

Sep 17, 2016

Japan still chasing gold

Japan failed to win any medals Friday at the Rio Paralympics, with the day's best result by Keiichi Kimura who finished fourth in the men's SM11 200-meter individual medley final for swimmers with visual impairment. With just two more days of competition remaining, Japan is ...

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 meters ...

Sato wins Paralympic track silver; Kunieda crashes out in tennis

Sep 14, 2016

Sato wins Paralympic track silver; Kunieda crashes out in tennis

Wheelchair athlete Tomoki Sato headlined the sixth day of the Rio 2016 Paralympics for Japan, finishing a close second in the men's T52 400-meter race on the Olympic Stadium athletics track on Tuesday. After winning his heat on Monday, Paralympic debutant Sato pushed a 58.88-second ...

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 — which ...

/ 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 someone ...

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 an ...

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 bronze-medal ...