PARALYMPICS LONDON 2012: Great Britain schedule - Sunday September 2nd
GREAT Britain athletes will go into action across 15 sports at London 2012 today.
MEDAL HOPE: Great Britain's top wheelchair racer David Weir goes for 5,000m gold at the London 2012 Paralympic today
It’s the final day of track cycling, with British riders aiming to defend three titles they won in Beijing, and rowing finals day at Eton Dorney, where Tom Aggar aims to retain his single scull title.
On the athletics track, David Weir, Shelly Woods, Katrina Hart and Libby Clegg are all bidding for medals. Clegg’s brother James is also in action in the pool.
Athletics: It’s a busy day at the Olympic Stadium, with 20 finals scheduled – six in the morning session and 14 in the evening.
Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods goes in her first final in the morning– the T54 5000m, after winning bronze in the event four years ago.
David Weir goes in the men’s equivalent in last final of the day. He took bronze in the event in Beijing and gold at last year’s World Championships in New Zealand.
Aled Davies goes in the F42 discus, aiming to add to the bronze he won in the F42/44 shot on Friday.
Katrina Hart must get through morning heats in the T37 100m, the event in which she is Commonwealth champion, to reach the evening final. The same applies to Beijing 2008 silver medallist Ben Rushgrove and Graeme Ballard in the T36 100m and Mickey Bushell in the T53 400m.
Libby Clegg goes in the T12 100m and Tracey Hinton, competing at her sixth successive Paralympic Games races in the T11 200m. Clegg’s brother is in action in the pool today.
It’s a busy day for Stef Reid. She goes in the F42/44 Long Jump in the morning and the T44 100m final in the evening, where she’s joined by 16-year-old Sophie Kamlish.
Cycling: British cyclists will be aiming to retain three titles won in Beijing four years ago in the final day of track action.
Jon-Allan Butterworth, Darren Kenny and Rik Waddon aim to retain the team sprint title. Kenny was a member of the gold medal winning team in Beijing.
Aileen McGlynn attempts to defend her pursuit crown, on the tandem with pilot Helen Scott, having already won 1km time trial silver. McGlynn won the Pursuit piloted by Ellen Hunter four years ago. First time Paralympian Lora Turnham, piloted by Fiona Duncan, also goes.
Having missed the chance to defend his 1km time trial title on Saturday, Anthony Kappes looks for consolation in the Sprint, which he also won in Beijing. He is piloted by Craig Maclean. Kilo champions Neil Fachie and Barney Storey, who piloted Kappes to gold in Beijing, are their biggest rivals. The action gets underway at 09:30.
Equestrian: More equestrian medals are up for grabs at Greenwich Park today, with Individual performances also counting towards the Team prize, which GB have won at every Games since it was introduced in Sydney. Sophie Wells, at her first Paralympic Games, competes in Grade IV from 09:00.
Deb Criddle, a triple gold medallist in Athens eight years ago, competes in Grade III, which gets underway at 13:45. Sophie Christriansen is also in action in the afternoon, in Grade Ia, the event in which she won silver in Beijing.
Rowing: Finals day starts at 10:10 at Eton Dorney, when Tom Aggar aims to maintain his five-year unbeaten record and successfully defend the single scull title he won in Beijing, when the sport made its Paralympic debut.
He is followed by the mixed double scull final, featuring Army captain Nick Beighton and Samantha Scowen. The world champion GB mixed coxed four race in the last final of the day.
Shooting: Paralympic Games debutants Ryan Cockbill, Richard Davies and Adam Fontain represent Great Britain in the R4 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 competition at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Davies won gold in the same discipline at last year’s World Cup event in Poland.
The qualifiers get underway at 09:00, with shoot-offs set for 11:00, if required, and the final at 12:00.
Swimming: There are plenty of medal prospects in the pool, with heats beginning at 09:30 for places in the finals of the evening session, which starts at 17:30.
Great Britain aim to retain the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay title they won in Beijing.
Heather Fredriksen will be looking for a medal in the S8 50m freestyle, one of her few events she missed out on the medals in four years ago.
Ben Procter, Craig Rodgie and Dan Pepper have medal hopes in the S14 200m freestyle while Natalie Massey, Chloe Davies and Jessica Applegate go in the women’s event.
James Clegg, whose sister Libby is in action in the athletics today, goes in the men’s S12 100m butterfly, with Hannah Russell in women’s equivalent. Rhiannon Henry contests the women’s S13 100m freestyle.
Table Tennis: Will Bayley goes for gold in the Class 7 final, and is guaranteed at least silver as he takes on German Jochen Wollmert, who upset world no.1 Mykhaylo Popov in the semi-finals, at 17:15.
Other British teams and athletes in action
Archery: Danielle Brown and Mel Clarke both have their sights on semi-final places in the individual compound, while Sharon Vennard completes in the individual recurve (Standing) quarter finals at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Boccia: Great Britain begin the defence of the BC1/BC2 Team gold they won in Beijing four years ago. The same quartet of David Bentley, Nigel Murray, Zoe Robinson and David Smith return to action at London 2012.
The opening day of Boccia at ExCeL also sees the first pool contests in the BC4 pairs, where 2010 World Championships silver medallists Peter and Stephen McGuire represent ParalympicsGB. Scott McGowan, Jess Hunter and Jacob Thomas are the first British entry in the BC3 pairs since 1996.
Goalball: The GB men’s and women’s teams both play their penultimate pool matches in the Copper Box, the women taking on Brazil in Group C at 09:00 and the men in action against Finland, the 2011 world champions, in Group A at 18:30.
Football 5-a-side: Great Britain play their second of three preliminary games in Pool A when they tackle Argentina at the Riverbank Arena at 15:30.
Sailing: It’s the second day Paralympic sailing action at Weymouth and Portland, with all three fleets scheduled to take part in their third and fourth races.
Helena Lucas goes in the 2.4mR class, while Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell compete in the SKUD 18. The Sonar crew of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas compete at their third successive Games.
Sitting Volleyball: GB’s women play their final preliminary round game of London 2012, against Japan at ExCeL from at 19:00.
Earlier in the day the men play their penultimate preliminary round game in Pool A when the face Morocco at the same venue at 14:00.
Wheelchair Basketball: GB’s men play their penultimate preliminary round game when they take on Poland in Group B at the Basketball Arena. Great Britain beat the Poles in the 5th/6th place play-off at the 2010 World Championships in Birmingham. The clash gets underway at 18:30.
The GB women’s team are without a fixture on Sunday.
Wheelchair Tennis: Peter Norfolk, Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne are in action in the quad singles round of 16. David Phillipson is in action in both singles and doubles, with Alex Jewitt. Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll are also in doubles action.
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