Paralympics: Judo bronze to Hirose as Japan awaits 1st Rio 2016 gold

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11:38 10 Sep 2016

RIO DE JANIERO, Sept. 9, Kyodo

Junko Hirose won judo bronze during a Rio 2016 Paralympics on Friday, Japan’s fourth altogether medal, as a country’s initial bullion stays fugitive and a delayed start continues.

Hirose, 25, competing in a 57-kilogram multiplication of women’s judo — a competition for visually marred athletes — took an ippon win over three-time Paralympic medalist Maria Merenciano Herrero from Spain. The award is Hirose’s initial during a Paralympics and a career-best outcome for a Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, resident.

“I am unequivocally happy that we could quarrel my fight,” Hirose said, also explaining that that she believed she fought instinctively and that her higher strength and energy on a belligerent paid off in a bronze contest.

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