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Para-judoka Hirose wins Japan's first Rio Paralympic medal

Makoto Hirose holds up his silver medal and a family picture during a medal ceremony at the Rio Paralympics, on Sept. 8, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Noriko Tokuno)
Satoshi Fujimoto shows off his bronze medal during a medal ceremony at the Rio Paralympics, on Sept. 8, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Noriko Tokuno)
Takuya Tsugawa waves to spectators after winning a bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics, on Sept. 8, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Noriko Tokuno)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Judoka Makoto Hirose secured Japan's first medal in the Rio Paralympics on Sept. 8 by winning silver in the men's 60-kilogram blind judo event.

    "I thought I couldn't lose after hearing my daughters' voices," Hirose said after winning his first match, in which he crushed Mongolia's Uugankhuu Bolormaa with a comeback ippon. Although the veteran judoka was defeated by Uzbekistan's Sherzod Namozov with an ippon in the gold medal match, Hirose looked proud on the podium as he received his first medal since taking silver in the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

    In the 66-kilogram event, Japan's Satoshi Fujimoto downed Lithuania's Osvaldas Bareikis by penalty to win a bronze medal.

    Meanwhile, Japanese swimmer Takuya Tsugawa won bronze in the men's 100-meter backstroke for athletes with intellectual disabilities -- his first Paralympic medal. (By Maiko Nagata, Mainichi Shimbun)

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