Paralympics: Day Four



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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!