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Japanese Rio de Janeiro Paralympics Athletics Roster

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 8-18
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Men
Hajimu Ashida - T47 Long Jump, 4 x 100 m Relay
Masayuki Higuchi - T54 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m
Kota Hokinoue - T54 Marathon
Koso Kubo - T54 5000 m, Marathon
Hitoshi Matsunaga - T53 400 m, 800 m
Yoshifumi Nagao - T54 100 m, 400 m
Akikazu Noda - T52 400 m, 1500 m
Toshie Oi - F53 Shot Put
Keita Sato - T44 100 m, 4 x 100 m Relay
Tomoki Sato - T52 400 m, 1500 m
Masazumi Soejima - T54 Marathon
Toru Suzuki - T44 High Jump, 4 x 100 m Relay
Tomoki Tagawa - T47 100 m, 4 x 100 m Relay
Hirokazu Ueyonabaru - T52 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m
Atsushi Yamamoto - T42 100 m, Long Jump, 4 x 100 m Relay
Hiroyuki Yamamoto - T54 Marathon

Women
Haruka Kitaura - T34 100 m, 400 m
Yuka Kiyama - T52 100 m, 400 m
Kaede Maekawa - T42 100 m, Long Jump
Maya Nakanishi - T44 100 m, Long Jump
Kazumi Nakayama - T53 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m
Hitomi Onishi - T42 100 m, Long Jump
Chiaki Takada - T11 100 m, Long Jump
Saki Takakuwa - T44 100 m, 200 m, Long Jump
Yuka Takamatsu - T38 100 m, 400 m
Wakako Tsuchida - T54 Marathon
Sae Tsuji - T47 100 m, 200 m, 400 m

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