The Yomiuri ShimbunRIO DE JANEIRO — Keiichi Kimura won the bronze medal in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke for the visually impaired on Tuesday to earn his second medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
Kimura, the 2015 world champion, was in second place at the halfway point, 0.87 seconds behind China’s Yang Bozun. In the last half, he was overtaken by a U.S. swimmer and settled for the bronze.
“I didn’t even reach my career-best time. I’m so frustrated as I wasn't able to contend for the gold medal,” said Kimura, who won a silver on Monday in the 50 freestyle.
Takuro Yamada also won a bronze in the men’s 50-meter freestyle for athletes with physical impairment.
“I’m glad to have achieved some result at the end. This medal carries the weight of my 12-year career as a swimmer,” said Yamada, who made his debut in the 2004 Athens Games.
Kunieda crashes out
In wheelchair tennis, Japan’s gold medal hope Shingo Kunieda lost in the quarterfinals in men’s singles to miss out on a third-straight gold after winning in both Beijing and London.
“The opponent did better from the first set to the end. He had more strength than I on a basic level,” Kunieda, 32, said in clearly admitting his defeat.
Kunieda also lost in the men’s doubles semifinals with Satoshi Saida. The two will face the pair of Takuya Miki and Takashi Sanada in the bronze-medal match.
Kunieda underwent surgery on his right elbow in April, forcing him to sit out Wimbledon prior to the the Rio Games. “It was a tough year. I’d wished a number of times that the Paralympics had come a year earlier,” he said.Speech