Long Jumper Yamamoto Wins Paralympic Silver Medal


Long jumper Yamamoto wins Paralympic silver medalOn the 11th day of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto has won a silver medal in the men's long jump in the category for those with leg disabilities.
This is his second medal in Rio, following a bronze in men's 4-by-100-meter relay.


Yamamoto leaped 6.62 meters on his 4th attempt and rose to 2nd place. The jump tied his personal best.

The gold medal went to Heinrich Popow of Germany.
He set a new Paralympic record of 6.70 meters.

In swimming, 17-year old Keichi Nakajima won a bronze in men's 200-meter individual medley relay in the category for those with mental disabilities.

The high school student made his debut in the Paralympics in Rio.

Nakajima beat his personal best by more than 2 seconds and advanced to the final with the 2nd-fastest time among the finalists. In the final race, Nakajima was 4th in the breaststroke, but finished 3rd in the freestyle with a new personal record.