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Japanese Rio Olympic and Paralympic athletes parade through Tokyo

Rio Olympic and Paralympic athletes wave to spectators as they parade along Chuo-dori Ave. in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Oct. 7, 2016. (Mainichi)

Japanese athletes who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics paraded along the main street of Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Oct. 7.

    Approximately 800,000 spectators filled the sidewalks along the parade route, cheering the athletes, according to organizers. A total of 87 medalists paraded on six vehicles, including buses and trailers, on an about a 2.5-kilometer section of Chuo-dori Ave. from the Ginza 8-chome intersection to a point in front of Mitsui Fudosan Co. headquarters in the Nihonbashi-Muromachi district of Chuo Ward.

    Fifty of 58 Olympic medalists, including wrestler Saori Yoshida, 34, and gymnast Kohei Uchimura, 27, joined the event. Japan won a record 41 medals -- 12 gold, eight silver and 21 bronze.

    Thirty-seven of 38 Paralympic medalists also participated in the parade. They included Yui Kamiji, 22, a wheelchair tennis player who won bronze in women's tennis singles match and was the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony. Japan garnered 24 medals -- 10 silver and 14 bronze -- more than the previous London Games.

    Uchimura said, "I feel like a superstar. I'm filled with gratitude to many people who said to us, 'congratulations.'"

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