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Waseda Athletes: Outstanding Performance at Paralympics

The closing ceremony of the Beijing Paralympics was held on September 17th, marking the end of 12 days of sporting events for the disabled.

A total of six athletes, both current students and alumni, participated in the Paralympics from Waseda. Waseda athletes gave outstanding performances, including gold and bronze medals in swimming won by Takayuki Suzuki (4th year student, School of Education) and silver and bronze medals in swimming won by Waseda alumni Junichi Kawai (graduate from School of Education, completed Master's Program in Graduate School of Education). Kazuki Tagawa (1st year student, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering), Japan's first artificial leg runner, ran a great race but failed to advance to the finals. Takahiro Hasegawa (1st year student, School of Sports Sciences) was just one step away from a bronze medal in archery, finishing 4th in group competition. Mami Sato (graduate from School of Commerce) overcame the pain of a herniated disk to finish 6th in the long jump. Furthermore, Junpei Kimura (graduate from School of Education) advanced to the finals in 3 of the 4 swimming events.

Thanks to everyone for supporting Waseda athletes.

Results for Athletes Competing in Paralympics
Current Students
Name Result
Takayuki Suzuki Swimming: 50 Meters Breaststroke (Gold)
Swimming: 150 Meters Individual Medley (Bronze)
Kazuki Tagawa Track & Field: Men's 200 & 100 Meters (lost in preliminaries)
Track & Field: Men's 400 Meters Relay (disqualified)
Takahiro Hasegawa Men's Archery: Individual Recurve (lost in tournament)
Men's Archery: Group Recurve (finished 4th)
Name Result
Mami Sato Track & Field: Women's Long Jump (finished 6th)
Junichi Kawai Swimming: 50 Meters Freestyle (Silver)
Swimming: 100 Meters Butterfly (Bronze)
Swimming: 100 Meters Backstroke (finished 4th)
Junpei Kimura Swimming: 200 Meters Individual Medley (finished 7th)
Swimming: 400 Meters Freestyle (finished 8th)
Swimming: 100 Meters Breaststroke (finished 5th)
Swimming: 100 Meters Freestyle (lost in preliminaries)
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