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The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunJunichi Kawai, left, a retired blind swimmer, transfers the Paralympic Flame to the next runner in the torch relay in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, the day before the opening of the Paralympic Games. Kawai — who has won five gold medals across six Paralympics — will soon become the first Japanese to be inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame. In the torch relay, he ran about 100 meters with his guide Ayano Egami, second from left, who won silver at the Sydney Olympics in the synchronized swimming team event. The Rio Games will run through Sept. 18, with about 4,350 athletes from about 160 nations and regions scheduled to compete.Speech

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