Paralympics: Day Two



Jason Smyth, gold medal in the T13 100m for Ireland: "You don't know when the dream will end, but it continues for me. I'm sure my family are over the moon. They've been great. It's a real team effort. I've got to be grateful for all the people in my team. I'd like to go to Tokyo! It'll be an incredible games. I'll have to see how my body's doing and go from there."

It's Heat 1 of the 100m Butterfly S8 back at the pool. We're keeping an eye on Jessica Long of the United States.

Jessica Long does indeed win her heat in 1:11.56. Stephanie Slater goes for GBR in Heat 2.

Steph Slater leads at the halfway point but eases down in the last 50m, probably to conserve energy, allowing Kateryna Isthmian (UKR) to take the win. The Brit finishes 2nd and qualifies 5th fastest for the final with a time of 1:16.32.

Earlier on in the swimming, Lewis White finished 2nd in Heat 1 of the 400m Freestyle - S9. Heat 2 saw Jonathan Booth also finish 2nd on his Paralympic debut. Both men go through to tonight's final.

In the women's 400m Freestyle - S9 heats, Amy Marren swims a great last 50m to win her heat to qualify for the final in a time of 4:54.44. Fourth fastest overall.

We're back at the athletics just in time to see Stef Reid's final attempt in the T44 Long Jump Final. She can't improve on her first jump of 5.64m, which leaves Le Fur of France to take gold with a jump of 5.83m (a world record, by the way). That's another SILVER MEDAL for ParalympicsGB, then!

Libby Clegg is boogieing to some Beyonce being piped around the stadium in the moments before her semi final of the Women's T11 100m.

Some guttural roars from the two Chinese pairings also lining up in this semi final, then a big cheer from the crowd as the Brazilian runner and her guide are introduced. The blindfolded athletes are led to their starting blocks...

A very decent start for Libby Clegg. VERY decent. VERY DECENT INDEED. She leads the whole way and BREAKS THE WORLD RECORD in the T11 100m with a time of 11.91 seconds! WOW!! TAKE THAT, WORLD!