Swimmer Suzuki wins Japan’s 1st gold of Tokyo Games
Written by tokyoclub on August 26, 2021
Takayuki Suzuki won Japan’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday in the men’s 100-meter freestyle S4 category, his second medal of these games and seventh of his career.
Suzuki swam a 1-minute, 21.58-second time, overhauling silver medalist Luigi Beggiato of Italy in the second lap to win by 1.63. Roman Zhdanov of the Russian Paralympic Team finished third more than 5 seconds behind Suzuki.
Japan has now won three medals in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre pool, with 14-year-old Miyuki Yamada taking the host nation’s first on Wednesday.
Takayuki Suzuki of Japan swims in the men’s S4 100-meter freestyle final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Aug. 26, 2021, at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. (Kyodo)