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Japan’s Keiko Konoshi finishes first in women’s T54 100m final in Dubai

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Keiko Konoshi Japan. Image credit: IPC Athletics

Earlier today at the Dubai hosted 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships, Japan’s Keiko Konoshi finished first in women’s T54 100m final in Dubai with a time of 18.28. The T53 runner finished just ahead of the only other competitor in the event, Chinese Taipei ‘s Yu-Lien Chen who finished in a time of 18.50.

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While Konoshi’s time was not the fastest posted so far this year in the T53 class, it did give her 2016 Paralympic A-Qualifying time which required a time of a 0:19.05 or faster. Her time in Dubai was faster than the time she posted at last year’s world championships of 0:18.88. Chen’s was just inside the 2016 Paralympic B-Qualifying time of 0:18.90.

37-year-old Konoshi and 34-year-old Chen both have one event left on their programs in Dubai, and that is the women’s T54 200 meters where they will again square off.

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Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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