Competitive spirit on full display

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Tomoki Tagawa, left, touches anchor Atsushi Yamamoto in the men’s T42-47 4x100-meter relay final on Monday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunRIO DE JANEIRO — The desire of the athletes taking part in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics is reflected in thier competitiveness.

Members of the Japan women’s goalball team had to overcome a tough situation in Friday’s game against Brazil — the cheering from the home crowd.

Silence is important for the sport, as players move depending on in-game sounds, including the bell inside the ball. Despite the hardship, Japan won the game 2-1.

“I was afraid I wouldn’t notice the [goalball] sounds, but I was able to concentrate enough,” Akiko Adachi said.

On the same day in the cycling track event, Yurie Kanuma finished fifth in the women’s B 1,000-meter time trial, a class for the visually impaired. She was guided by Mai Tanaka, her pilot who sat on the front seat of the tandem bike.

Meanwhile, the men’s wheelchair basketball team struggled in Rio. The team lost its first three matches, starting with a 65-49 loss to Turkey. On Sunday the team notched its first win, over Canada, but was eliminated from the tournament.

On Monday, Japan took bronze in the men’s 4x100-meter relay in a category for those with limited use of their limbs, clocking 44.16 seconds. It was the nation’s first medal in athletics at the Rio Paralympics.

“I’m elated,” anchor Atsushi Yamamoto said. “Nothing could be better.”Speech

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    Yurie Kanuma, left, races on Friday with pilot Mai Tanaka in the final of the women’s B 1,000-meter time trial, a class for the visually impaired. Kanuma finished fifth in 1 minute 11.075 seconds.

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    Akiko Adachi, left, blocks a shot in Japan’s Group C goalball match against Brazil on Friday. Japan won the game 2-1.

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    Renshi Chokai, left, tries to steal the ball from a Turkish player in the wheelchair basketball Group A opener on Thursday. Japan lost 65-49.

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