Rio 2016 / Japan takes silver in boccia, swimming

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Silver medalist Keiichi Kimura racing during Monday’s 50-meter freestlye is captured by a Yomiuri Shimbun camera installed on the bottom of the swimming pool — the first such device introduced by a Japanese newspaper for Paralympics coverage.

The Yomiuri Shimbun RIO DE JANEIRO — Japan’s mixed team in boccia, an event for players with cerebral palsy, brought their country its first Paralympic silver medal in the sport on Monday.

Japan played Thailand in the final at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, losing the match 9-4.

In swimming, Keiichi Kimura, 26, won the silver medal in the men’s 50-meter freestyle for the visually impaired. It was Japan’s first medal in the event since the 2008 Beijing Games, where Junichi Kawai, 41, won the silver.

Japan also took bronze in the men’s 4x100-meter relay with limited use of limbs.

In wheelchair tennis, Yui Kamiji and Miho Nijo will play in the bronze medal match in women’s doubles after losing their semifinal match against a Dutch duo.

Kamiji, 22, won her quarterfinal match in women’s singles to reach the final four.Speech

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  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    From left, front row: Takayuki Hirose, Hidetaka Sugimura, Yuriko Fujii and Takayuki Kitani pose with their silver medals with the team’s head coach, Mitsuteru Murakami, rear right, and assistant Yoshiko Tsuji on Monday.

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    From left: Hajimu Ashida, Keita Sato, Tomoki Tagawa and Atsushi Yamamoto of Japan’s 4x100-meter relay team react after winning bronze on Monday.

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