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Oya Silver, Universal Relay Bronze - Tokyo Paralympics Athletics Day Eight Japanese Results

After a few days without hardware, Japan picked up two medals on the eighth day of track and field competition at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. In the T52 men's 100 m final, Yuki Oya ran 17.18 to take silver, 0.19 behind gold medalist Raymond Martin of the U.S.A. and beating bronze medalist Leonardo de Jesus Perez Juarez by 0.26. 

Another medal came in the first edition of the 4x100 m universal relay. Initially finishing 4th of four teams in the final, the Japanese team was elevated to bronze when original runners-up China were disqualified. The United States set a world record 45.52 for gold, with Great Britain moving up to silver in 47.50 following China's DQ. Japan clocked 47.98 to pick up the bronze.

In the T20 women's 1500 m all three Japanese athletes made the final, Anju Furuya 4th in 4:38.58, Sayaka Makita 6th in 4:54.60 and Moeko Yamamoto 7th in 4:55.03. Barbara Bieganowska-Zając of Poland won gold in 4:27.84, Furuya finishing just over 3 seconds behind bronze medalist Hannah Taunton of Great Britain.

In the T44/T64 men's high jump final, Toru Suzuki, the only T64 class athlete in the field, tied for 4th after clearing 1.88 m.  All three medalists cleared 2 m. Great Britain's Jonathan Broom-Edwards won gold after clearing 2.10 m on his 2nd attempt.

In the T20 men's 1500 m final, Daiki Akai took 5th in 3:58.78, with teammates Yuki Iwata and Yuji Togawa 8th and 9th of 14 finishers in 4:01.72 and 4:03.62. Akai was 1.54 seconds out of the medals, British runner Owen Miller taking gold in 3:54.57.

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