Double delight as Japan statements two gold in badminton

Japan gained two wheelchair badminton titles on the remaining day of the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, Daiki Kajiwara taking WH2 singles and Sarina Satomi and Yuma Yamazaki WH doubles gold.

Kajiwara conquer South Korean leading seed Kim Jung Jun though Satomi and Yamazaki topped Chinese pair Liu Yutong and Yin Menglu.

Kajiwara was way too potent in the 21-18, 21-19 win at Yoyogi Nationwide Stadium, the 19-year-outdated from Fukuoka beating the 4-time singles earth champion from South Korea even with staying unseeded in the match.

Japan’s Daiki Kajiwara holds up the “Hinomaru” Japanese countrywide flag after successful the men’s WH2 badminton singles closing at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sept. 5, 2021. (Kyodo)

“I was usually hoping to get the gold medal, and now that this aspiration has appear real for me I am tremendous happy,” he mentioned.

Requested whether he was now the person to beat in his badminton class, Kajiwara deflected: “I never know. I am not anticipating to be famed or anything at all,” he said.

“Now that I have received a Paralympic gold, I want to thank all people who has supported me. I am total of gratitude.”

Japan’s Daiki Kajiwara plays a shot versus South Korea’s Kim Jung Jun in the men’s WH2 badminton singles final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sept. 5, 2021. (Kyodo)

Kajiwara, who misplaced his leg just after he was strike by a truck when biking to baseball instruction at age 13, emerged from a restricted contest, with Kim owning led equally game titles at one phase.

But the Japanese showed great poise to get the gold on the second of two match details he attained.

Kajiwara dropped just one activity on his journey to gold, in his second match of the group section against Chan Ho Yuen of Hong Kong, and won his semifinal with ease 21-14, 21-15 more than South Korean Kim Kyung Hoon.

Like in her singles gold medal win yesterday, Satomi, a WH1 participant, weathered a first sport loss to struggle again to gold. Her offsider Yamazaki played a important component as the decrease impairment WH2 player.

Immediately after wanting overmatched in the 21-16 initially sport decline, the Japanese gamers asserted by themselves in the last two game titles, getting them 21-16 and 21-13.

Satomi, who won the initially-at any time women’s Paralympic badminton gold on Saturday, is the only Japanese to acquire two gold in the activity in Tokyo.

Japan’s Sarina Satomi (R) and Yuma Yamazaki rejoice profitable the women’s WH doubles badminton closing at the Tokyo Paralympics at Yoyogi Countrywide Stadium on Sept. 5, 2021. (Kyodo)

“I usually aimed to become the very first gold medalist, in both the singles or doubles. I am happy I managed it and I can acquire fantastic self confidence from that,” stated Satomi.

“We place out there what we realized in follow, communicating very well and accomplishing with grit.”

Having also received her next Paralympic medal, Yamazaki now has an eye on one more prize.

“I am so pleased to be on the major step of the podium,” she stated. “I want to have the momentum into the Paris Game titles.”

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