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Fifth for Blair


Jannik Blair’s hopes of Paralympic ‘redemption’ have been dashed by Japan’s wheelchair basketball team.

Blair, of Horsham, was a key part of the Australian Rollers’ Tokyo Paralympic­s team, considered a medal chance heading into the competitio­n.

The Rollers had their sights set on a strong Tokyo campaign following a sixth-placed finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympic­s.

Blair competed in Rio and was also part of Australia’s silver-medal-winning wheelchair basketball team in London in 2012.

He was hoping to go one better in Tokyo, but the home side bundled the Australian­s out of medal contention in the quarter final.

The Japanese outfit took advantage of its more-fancied opponent’s wayward shooting to triumph 61-55.

Japan made it through to the gold medal match, falling short of USA in a thriller, 60-64.

Great Britain claimed bronze, getting the better of Spain 68-58.

Despite not making it through to the final day of play, the Rollers finished their campaign on a high note, defeating Turkey 74-58 to secure fifth place.

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