PARALYMPICS LONDON 2012: Great Britain schedule - Monday September 3rd
LEE Pearson could win his 11th equestrian gold medal, which would put him alongside track star Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts as the most decorated British Paralympian of the modern era.
STAR NAME: Could Lee Pearson win his 11th career Paralympic medal today in the sport of dressage at Greenwich?
David Weir is back on the track, where fellow wheelchair racers Mickey Bushell and Jade Jones are GB’s medal hopes, and it could be another successful day in the pool, with Sascha Kindred and Ellie Simmonds among those in action.
Three players are chasing bronze medals in the table tennis.
Athletics: Wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell and Jade Jones are GB’s main hopes in the Olympic Stadium. Bushell took silver in the T53 100m four years ago and goes for gold this time while Jones targets a medal in the women’s T54 400m. Stephen Osborne – a Paralympic debutant at the age of 49 – competes in the T51 100m. All three have morning heats.
Dean Miller is the only Briton in a straight final during the evening, racing in the T37 1500m.
Equestrian: Lee Pearson could win his 11th gold, to match Grey-Thompson and Roberts, if he triumphs in the grade Ib freestyle, in which competitors perform to music.
Pearson performs in the afternoon while individual championship winner Natasha Baker is looking for her second gold of the Games in the grade II freestyle in the morning session.
Swimming: It could be a rich day for GB as Sascha Kindred defends his SM6 200m medley title accompanied by Matt Whorwood, and 49 year old Jim “The Swim” Anderson goes in the S2 100m freestyle, the event at which he won bronze at his fifth Games in Beijing.
Jon Fox and Josef Craig have high hopes in the S7 100m freestyle. Sean Fraser and Thomas Young swim in the S8 50m freestyle.
Susie Rodgers tackles the S7 100m freestyle, one of her British record events, while Ellie Simmonds, Natalie Jones and Liz Johnson are on the hunt in the SM6 200m medley. Jones won bronze last time. All events have heats in the morning.
Table Tennis: Sarah Head takes on Alena Kanova of Slovakia in the women’s class 3 bronze-medal match at 10:15, followed by Paul Davies in a battle for the men’s class 1 bronze with South Korea’s Chang Ho Lee at 11:45.
Ross Wilson also has a shot at bronze when he plays Sweden’s Emil Andersson in class 8.
Other British teams and athletes in action
Athletics: David Weir goes in round one of the T54 1500m at 10:40, just 12 hours and seven minutes after celebrating victory in the 5000m. David Devine competes in round one of the T12 800m.
Boccia: Nigel Murray, Dan Bentley, David Smith and Zoe Robinson move into the BC1-2 Team quarter-finals at ExCel where they play Hong Kong with the semi-finals later in the day.
Peter and Stephen McGuire play Thailand in their pool B game of the BC4 Pairs needing a win to clinch a semi-final place.
Scott McCowan, Jess Hunter and Jacob Thomas play Canada in pool A of the BC3 Pairs event but they have already been eliminated from semi-final contention.
Football 7-a-side: Great Britain need a win against Ukraine at 11:15 at the Riverbank after their defeat to Brazil on Saturday.
Sailing: It is the half-way stage for sailors Helena Lucas (2.4mR), Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (SKUD 18), plus John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas (Sonar) who compete in races five and six at Weymouth and Portland.
Sitting Volleyball: Great Britain’s men face Germany at 11:00 after their first-ever win against Morocco while the GB women have a day off.
Wheelchair Basketball: The GB men and women both play their final group matches at the North Greenwich Arena. The women will progress to the quarter-finals even if they lose to world number four side Canada at 13:00, as long as the Netherlands beat lowly Brazil. The men tip off against Japan at 15:15 after two wins on the trot, which have secured a place in the last eight.
Wheelchair Tennis: Peter Norfolk and Andy Lapthorne fight for a final place in the quad doubles semi-finals against Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru of Japan at Eton Manor while Lucy Shuker plays Emmy Kaiser of USA in the women’s Singles.
Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll play Joachim Gerard and Mike Denayer of Belgium in the men’s doubles while Dave Phillipson and Alexander Jewitt play French pair Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz in their second round match.
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