Paralympics: Day Four



That's it from me. I think I've managed to find the only 2-hour period today where ParalympicsGB HAVEN'T won any medals! A reminder that they have chalked up a ridiculous ELEVEN so far today, including four golds, across cycling, rowing & triathlon. I'm sure there are loads more to come tonight. For now, I've been Andrew Corcoran. See ya!

Profile of Richard Whitehead ahead of his first appearance on the track later tonight. I notice that both he and Will Bayley have the Olympic rings tattooed on their body, and I presume they aren't the only Paralympians to have that. Is that in some way seen as an ultimate (if unreachable) goal? Whitehead is running in his last Paralympics.

Spain extended their lead in a close match in the final few minutes of the 4th quarter and eventually beat Australia 75-64 in their men's wheelchair basketball match. A good scalp for the Spanish team and ending Australia's unbeaten run.

Not sure why the presenters on Channel 4 felt the need to tell us they weren't showing highlights of a 5-a-side football match because of how dull it was. Were they really expecting hoards of fans to be tuning in especially? Instead we're getting a bit more wheelchair basketball between Spain & Australia.

Will Bayley: "I played really good against a clever player. He changed his tactics in the 4th to make it difficult for me. I've lost to him the last few times, so I'm happy to get over the line. Playing Stroh in the final will be amazing - I can't wait." A win also today for Rob Davies at the table tennis, while Brits Kim Daybed, Sara Head & Sue Gilroy all lost today.

It was a close-fought fourth game that was nip and tuck all the way, but Will Bayley defeated Spain's Jordi Morales Garcia 3-1 (11-13, 11-1, 11-3, 15-13) in the C7 semifinal of the table tennis to set up a final versus Brazil's Israel Pereira Stroh at around 2:45pm tomorrow. That'll be one to tune in for!!

Now a feature on Will Bayley, taking part in the C7 Table Tennis after being born with defects in all four limbs. He's a proper workhorse when it comes to training for this sport! He's invested seriously in being a world's best and it's clear the sport is his world.

A replay of the T37 Men's 1500m Final on Channel 4 sees Michael McKillop claim GOLD FOR IRELAND in a time of 4:12.11! He beats Canada's Liam Stanley who stayed on the Irishman's shoulder until the last 200 metres.

Aha! Dwarf Javelin. One of my favourite Paralympic events. Kyron Duke for GB threw 39.30m to finish 6th. Kovan Abdulraheem won gold for Iraq, their first gold at the Paralympics in 12 years.

A review of a smashing day in the rowing for ParalympicsGB, interviewing the winning mixed coxed fours team of Grace Clough, Dan Brown, James Fox, Pamela Ralph & Oliver James. It would be nice to see mixed team rowing races making it into the Olympics at some point.