Track and field competition at the Tokyo Paralympics started Friday at the main Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The biggest news for Japan was in the T52 men's 400 m, where Tomoki Sato pulled off a last-second reversal to take gold over American Raymond Martin 55.39 to 55.59. Veteran Hirokazu Ueyonabaru made it a double medal for Japan, taking bronze in 59.95.
Another big result for the home team came in the T11 men's 5000 m, where Kenya Karasawa and Shinya Wada took silver and bronze in 15:18.12 and 15:21.03. Karasawa made a long push from 500 m for the win but was caught with 150 m to go by Brazil's Yeltsin Jacques, who pushed on to take gold in 15:13.62.
Kakeru Ishida placed 5th in the T47 men's 100 m final in 11.05. In the T11 women's long jump final, Chiaki Takada also took 5th with a jump of 4.74 mm (+1.7) on her first attempt.
Track and field action at the Tokyo Paralympics continues through Sept. 5.
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