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Paralympics: Relief for Japan as boccia group secure during slightest silver

Japan’s usually good news on a medal-less day during a Rio Paralympics was a boccia patrol guaranteeing during slightest a china award as a churned group kick Portugal 8-5 in a BC1-2 semifinal on Sunday.

The country’s hopes of capturing a initial bullion in Rio and initial award in a foe given a Japanese boccia group done their Paralympic entrance during a 2008 Beijing Games were kept alive as a four-man group conduct into Monday’s final opposite Thailand.

Japan set a aim of winning 40 medals during a Sept. 7-18 games though find themselves distant behind their idea with usually five, including one china and 4 bronze, after 4 full days of competition.

At Carioca Arena, a group of Yuriko Fujii, Takayuki Hirose, Takayuki Kitani and Hidetaka Sugimura famous as “Fire Ball Japan,” took an early lead and never looked behind in their matchup opposite Portugal, whom they mislaid to 10-2 during a 2012 London Games quarterfinals.

“I suspicion I’d tumble off my wheelchair since my whole physique froze with excitement,” pronounced Hirose, a ace of a group who is on a debate to lift recognition of boccia, a foe for athletes with celebral palsy or associated neurological conditions.

“Thailand are clever though we cite a bullion award (over silver). we trust a formula will come if we perform a approach we do during practice,” he said.

In wheelchair tennis, Shingo Kunieda, who is looking to constraint his third unbroken Paralympic gold, eased past Brazilian Daniel Rodrigues 6-2, 6-1 in a men’s singles second-round match.

The 32-year-old Kunieda, who went underneath a blade to correct repairs in his right bend in April, overcame bend pain that forced him to lay out a Wimbledon Championships in Jul and cruise pulling out of a Rio Paralympics.

Yui Kamiji, who served as a dwindle dispatcher of a Japanese commission during a opening ceremony, requisitioned herself a mark in a women’s quarterfinals after defeating Chilean competition Macarena Cabrillana 6-1, 6-1 in another second-round match.

In lane and field, Masayuki Higuchi hardly missed a lectern mark and finished fourth in a men’s 5,000 meters.

In women’s swimming, Mayumi Narita, who has won a sum of 15 bullion medals during a Paralympics, unsuccessful to make a final in a 100-meter breaststroke in a SB4 category when she came fifth in her heat.

The-17-year-old Keichi Nakajima, who is creation his initial Paralympic appearance, was sixth in a men’s 200m freestyle in a S14 class.

In women’s PT2 triathlon, Yukako Hata, who had her right leg amputated during a age of 13 due to bone cancer, finished sixth.

==Kyodo

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