LONDON 2012: Paralympics Watch – Day 5

After a pheonmenal weekend of sport watched by record audiences both at the venues and on television, the Paralympic Games continue apace as the event enters its fifth day of competition.

Veteran GB swimmer Sascha Kindred (above) looks to continue an unbeaten run in global championships stretching back to 1998 in the SM6 200m individual medley.

On the track, can world record holder Mickey Bushell sprint to golden glory in the T53 100m?

The charismatic Lee Pearson goes for equestrian gold in the individual freestyle dressage (2.45pm), and will hope to surpass Dave Roberts and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson on the all-time list of British Paralympic gold medallists by claiming his eleventh at one of the most picturesque Paralympic settings in Greenwich Park.

It is another busy day in the pool where Ellie Simmonds goes in the SM6 200m individual medley (5.40pm) and Sascha Kindred looks to take another gold in the SM6 200m individual medley (5.30pm).

The 200m IM one of Sascha Kindred’s best events, but he’ll have to beat eight-time European gold medallist Yevheniy Bohodayko and Beijing bronze medallist Xu Qing of China.

There are a host of other British medal hopefuls including former wheelchair disco champion James Anderson who will try to upgrade his bronze in the men’s S2 100m freestyle (5.50pm).

Dave Roberts sadly failed to qualify for the Paralympics, so in his place Matt Walker and Jon Fox go for gold in the S7 100m free (5.50pm) against Australian Matt Levy, the No.1-ranked swimmer in the event.

Elsewhere in the afternoon, John Stubbs defends his men’s open compound title in the archery over at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

On the track, world record holder Mickey Bushell can sprint to golden glory in the T53 100m (7.10pm).

David Weir, Britain’s sole athletics gold medal from the Beijing Paralympics and six-time London Marathon winner, begins the defence of his 1500m title (heats at 11.20am), just hours after claiming a dramatic gold medal in the 5,000m.

The evening session could see the likes of Stephen Osbourne, Dean Miller and Jade Jones battling for medals.

Ireland’s Michael McKillop was the first man to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium, knocking a massive 15 seconds off his previous best T37 1500m time, and he could be in record-breaking form again tonight at 8.50pm.

With the Paralympics building more momentum with each passing day, Channel 4 has announced that it will clear all non-Paralympic programmes from its daytime schedule from today until the end of the Games.

The broadcaster has made the decision after witnessing record audiences peaking at 3.5m tuning in for coverage of Saturday evening’s medal triumphs on day four, with 3.6m watching Friday evening’s coverage.

Live coverage that was scheduled to be screened on sister channel More4 in the late afternoon will now be moved to Channel 4 for the rest of the Games.

Channel 4 will continue to take a half-hour break for the Channel 4 News at 7pm, with Paralympics coverage during this period continuing over on More4.

You can follow all the action from day five of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Channel 4. Details below:

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7.00am-9.15am PARALYMPIC GAMES BREAKFAST SHOW
Presenters: Rick Edwards & Kelly Cates

The Paralympic Games Breakfast Show comes live from the Channel 4 studios inside the Olympic Park, including a feature on Paralympian archery on the day Britain’s John Stubbs begins his campaign, and a look ahead to today’s athletics, which features Jade Jones in the T54 400m.

Plus, swimming highlights, part two of Daraine Mulvihill’s report on how prosthetics have shaped Paralympian sport, and the Roadshow comes live from Cheddleton, home to equestrian champion Lee Pearson.

 
9.15am-1.00pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Jonathan Edwards & Daraine Mulvihill
Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Football 7-a-Side

The first action comes from the Aquatics Centre, and features this morning’s swimming heats, including Sascha Kindred in the men’s SM6 200m individual medley, Nyree Kindred, Ellie Simmonds and Natalie Jones in the women’s SM6 200m individual medley, Matt Walker and Jonathan Fox in the men’s S7 100m freestyle and Jim Anderson in the men’s S2 100m freestyle.

The athletics continues at the Olympic Stadium with the heats of the men’s T53 100m, men’s T54 1500m and women’s T54 400m, which feature Team GB hopefuls Mickey Bushell, David Weir and Jade Jones respectively.

Plus, updates on the men’s and women’s table tennis singles finals at the ExCeL London, and after 12.05pm the closing stages of Great Britain v Ukraine in the men’s 7-a-side football at the Riverbank Arena, with the British squad featuring Martin Sinclair, brother of Swansea City winger Scott.

Channel 4 News Midday Summary at 12.00pm-12.05pm

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1.00pm-5.25pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Georgie Bingham & Arthur Williams
Wheelchair Basketball, Equestrian, Sitting Volleyball, Archery

The final day of wheelchair basketball group matches take place at the Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena, with Britain’s men facing Japan, and the women up against Canada.

Lee Pearson is among the equestrian favourites in the Mixed Individual Freestyle Test at Greenwich Park, and the sitting volleyball features Great Britain’s men against Germany at the ExCeL London from 2.00.

Plus, archery from the Royal Artillery Barracks, including the Men’s Individual Compound Open and Men’s Individual Compound.

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5.25pm-7.00pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Clare Balding & Ade Adepitan
Swimming

Live coverage of the start of this evening’s swimming finals at the Aquatics Centre, including the women’s SM6 200m individual medley, which is expected to feature Ellie Simmonds, Natalie Jones and Nyree Kindred.

The equivalent men’s race also takes place, with Sascha Kindred defending his title. Matt Walker, Jonathan Fox and Josef Craig will all expect to have progressed in the men’s S7 100m freestyle, while in the men’s S2 100m freestyle, Jim Anderson is taking part in his sixth Paralympics.

Coverage continues on More4 and Channel 4 HD at 7.00pm (details below).

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7.30pm-10.00pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012 TONIGHT
Presenters: Clare Balding & Ade Adepitan
Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Channel 4’s prime time coverage on day five features more athletics and swimming finals at the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

The swimming includes the final of the women’s freestyle relay, while the women’s T54 400m race on the track is expected to be a clash between Britain’s Jade Jones and Paralympic legend Chantal Petitclerc of Canada, and Mickey Bushell is among the favourites in the men’s T53 100m at 8.03.

Plus, action from the concluding wheelchair basketball group matches at the Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena, Lee Pearson’s bid for equestrian gold and the second day of table tennis finals at the ExCeL London.

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10.00pm-10.45pm – THE LAST LEG with ADAM HILLS
Presenter: Adam Hills

Australian comedian Adam Hills presents an alternative review of the day’s Paralympics action, focusing on the key moments and talking points with sidekick Josh Widdicombe and guests from the sports and showbiz worlds.

The strangest events will also be featured in a light-hearted take on the Games, looking back at how the competitors’ exploits unfolded.

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7.00pm-7.30pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Clare Balding & Ade Adepitan
Swimming, Athletics, Table Tennis

Continued coverage of the fifth day of the Games, including swimming, athletics and table tennis action.

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Highlights of the day’s events will be shown on 4Seven at 1.05am, repeated on Channel 4 at 6.05am
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