Takayuki Suzuki gained Japan’s first Tokyo Paralympic gold medal since 2012 on Thursday, the 34-year-old taking the lads’s 100-meter freestyle S4 swimming title to get the host nation into the gold column on the video games medal desk.
The medal was Suzuki’s second in two days and took his profession tally to seven, together with a gold he gained on the 2008 Games in Beijing.
“I came into the race trying to swim like I always do so I’m really satisfied with my time and also finishing first,” he mentioned.
Suzuki’s medal was one in every of two within the pool for Japan on Thursday, with Uchu Tomita contributing a silver within the males’s 400 freestyle S11 class on his Paralympic debut.
Japan’s wheelchair rugby workforce maintained an unbeaten file with a 60-51 defeat of Denmark for his or her second win in as many days, transferring them into sole first place of their group.
Veteran class 3.0 participant Daisuke Ikezaki adopted a giant efficiency within the workforce’s first-up win over France with a 24 strive effort towards the Danes, placing his squad in an incredible place to advance to the semifinals.
“I’m glad we secured a win. Their high-point player was fast so we were thinking we need to press and stop him before he gets going. That worked. We were confident that we’d be fine defensively if we played to our abilities,” mentioned Hidefumi Wakayama, who scored 5 tries as a category 1.0 participant.
Japan’s win was all of the extra spectacular after Denmark displayed their high quality by beating reigning two-time Paralympic gold medalists Australia on Wednesday.
Japan’s Yukinobu Ike, proper, loses his steadiness as Mark Ingemann Peters of Denmark seems on the ball throughout a pool part group match of wheelchair rugby on the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Thursday. Photo: AP/Shuji Kajiyama
Not to be outdone, Japan’s ladies’s wheelchair basketball workforce additionally saved its unblemished file intact, beating 2018 world championships runner-up Britain 54-48.
Class 4.0 participant Ikumi Fujii rode some scorching taking pictures to tally 14 factors, going 6-for-10 from the ground. She additionally dragged in 10 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
“What was lacking from this team was the joy of winning and confidence. Now that we have that, we’re changed,” mentioned Fujii. “I think that has made us stronger. We’ve created a basketball team where anyone can score.”
The Japan males’s wheelchair basketball workforce received its Paralympic marketing campaign off to a successful begin within the night, beating Colombia 63-56.
A Kei Akita, Renshi Chokai one-two punch carried the house workforce to the win. The former led all scorers with 24 factors whereas the latter contributed a 15-point, 17-rebound 10-assist double-double.
Track bicycle owner Shota Kawamoto had an opportunity to change into Japan’s third medalist of the Tokyo Games within the males’s C2 3,000-meter occasion on the Izu Velodrome, however he let the prospect slip when he was defeated within the bronze race by China’s Liang Guihua.
He received off to a fast begin and led by nearly 2 seconds on the finish of the primary kilometer, however the Chinese received stronger and stronger, overhauling the Japanese and constructing a 4.166 margin by the end line.
“I was aiming for a medal but was tired after my qualifying effort. At the end, my legs were done. I gave 100 percent,” mentioned Kawamoto.
Anri Sakurai was the one Japanese to achieve a quarterfinal in wheelchair fencing on Thursday, however she was simply dispatched by Russian Paralympic Committee consultant Viktoria Boykova of their class B occasion.