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Sato will get 2nd athletics gold; Yamaguchi swims to victory at Paralympics



Tomoki Sato received his second gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, including the boys’s wheelchair T52 1,500-meter title to the 400 crown he claimed two days earlier.

The 31-year-old Sato, who received silver in each races on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, completed in a Paralympic report 3 minutes, 29.13 seconds at Tokyo’s National Stadium to take Japan’s gold medal tally to 4.

In a repeat of the 400 podium, Raymond Martin of the United States as soon as once more took silver, 0.59 second off the tempo, whereas Japan’s Hirokazu Ueyonabaru received his second bronze of the video games in 3:44.17

Starting from the within place, Sato led from the outset in what rapidly grew to become a two-man race with Martin, winner of each the 400 and 1,500 in Rio de Janeiro.

With the victory, Okayama Prefecture native Sato turns into each the reigning world and Paralympic champion over 400 and 1,500.

While upset he couldn’t higher his personal world report of three:25.08, Sato mentioned he felt the load of successful two gold medals after the video games had been thrown into uncertainty by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The year (following the postponement of the games) was a struggle not only for athletes, but for many people. Athletes from each country came here determined to still perform at their peak, and with this in mind, I wanted to make sure I gave my best,” Sato mentioned.

“I want to thank all the volunteers whose support has made the tournament possible.”

In Friday’s 400 ultimate, Sato got here from behind and solely edged forward of Martin on the end line, however he acquired an early soar on his rival this time round.

Naohide Yamaguchi competes within the males’s swimming 100-meter breaststroke SB14 ultimate on the Paralympics in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Joel Marklund for OIS through AP

In swimming, Naohide Yamaguchi received Japan’s first gold of the day on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, bettering his personal world report within the males’s SB14 100-meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 03.77 seconds, chopping 0.23 off his earlier mark.

But he mentioned the medals should not the one advantage of competing on the video games, citing the camaraderie as one other dividend.

“As a competitor in the SB14 class, I have been able to interact with athletes with disabilities from around the world and share the different challenges we face,” he mentioned. “I think that is the attraction.”

In different occasions, Japan’s wheelchair rugby group received bronze with a 60-52 defeat of two-time defending Paralympic gold medalists Australia, the house group’s multi-pronged assault and defensive focus proving key elements.

After an emotional defeat to Britain in Saturday’s semifinal, Japan hit the Yoyogi National Stadium courtroom with clear intent to make amends.

By focusing its protection on Australia’s principal man Ryley Batt, Japan constructed an early lead and by no means trailed en path to a cushty victory.

Daisuke Ikezaki once more did a lot of the harm, scoring 23 tries, and captain Yukinobu Ike contributed 16, however they had been simply two of Japan’s seven try-scorers. Despite the eye he attracted, Batt nonetheless scored 27 and no different Australian scored greater than seven.

“(The plan was to) work hard throughout the entire match and play aggressively on both offense and defense,” Ike mentioned.

Britain emerged from a good gold medal match with a 54-49 win, claiming their first Paralympic medal within the sport.

In judo, Kazusa Ogawa received ladies’s B2 class bronze for Japan, taking a waza-ari victory over Olga Zabrodskaia of the Russian Paralympic Committee within the 70-kilogram class.

Ogawa received Japan’s second judo bronze of the video games at Nippon Budokan after Yujiro Seto’s on Friday.

The five-a-side soccer event started with Japan beating perennial contender France 4-0. Ryo Kawamura and Tomonari Kuroda each netted twice for Japan.

Japan traces up towards four-time reigning Paralympic champion Brazil on Monday, with a win towards the South Americans probably reserving a spot within the semifinals. Brazil beat China 3-0 on Sunday.

“The first goal was quality, stealing the ball and scoring the way I’m best at,” Kuroda mentioned. “The second was all about feel, just getting a good kick on the ball.”

“Brazil is a formidable opponent next, but I want to put everything into the game.”

After a sluggish begin, Japan’s ladies’s goalball group has now strung collectively two wins in a row, the latest a 10-0 beat down of Egypt.

The male goalballers suffered their first defeat when 2016 bronze medalist Brazil scored eight occasions. Japan nonetheless holds the lead of their group although, sitting atop the South Americans on objective distinction.

With a 59-54 loss to Germany, Japan’s ladies’s basketball group completed the group part with a two-win, two-loss report however booked a quarterfinal towards the Netherlands.

The males additionally fell, shedding 79-61 to Spain however are good for a quarterfinal place anyway.

Japan acquired two clear-cut wins in wheelchair tennis’ morning session.

Yui Kamiji and Momoko Ohtani received their ladies’s doubles quarterfinal in straight units and Takashi Sanada and Takuya Miki had been equally untroubled in successful their males’s WT class singles second-round matches.

Shingo Kunieda remained on monitor for one more Paralympic medal in males’s doubles together with Takashi Sanada.

The quad males’s doubles pairing of Mitsuteru Moroishi and Koji Sugeno misplaced their semifinal to Australia’s Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson, and can play for bronze.

Japan’s sitting volleyball struggles continued. The males dropped their second straight, this time 3-0 to Egypt, and the ladies did the identical, happening 3-0 to Brazil.

See Paralympic medal desk right here.