LONDON 2012: Paralympics Watch – Day 7

The fast and furious ‘murderball’, otherwise known as wheelchair rugby, gets underway on day seven and Great Britain will be relying on Aaron Phipps (above) to rack up the points during the course of the competition.

Plus, in the pool, British team-mates and friends Liz Johnson and Charlotte Henshaw do battle in the 100m breaststroke SB6.

It is one of the more notorious sports at the Paralympics and on Wednesday wheelchair rugby finally gets under way.

Fast and furious, with thunderous hits par for the course, GB will be looking to improve on their fourth-place finishes in 2004 and 2008, with the flying Aaron Phipps tasked with racking up the points against the United States (2.00pm), who are the reigning Paralympic champions and the world’s top-ranked side.

But GB have a secret weapon in coach Patty Cornelius, formerly in charge of the USA and now part of the GB set-up aiming to try to end that dominance.

At the Olympic Stadium, Oscar Pistorius and his 200m nemesis Alan Oliveira are back on the track, in the T44 100m heats (7.00pm).

The Brazilian runs in a stacked first heat that also features British hope Jonnie Peacock – the world record holder over this distance – and outspoken American Jerome Singleton.

Britain’s world champion Katrina Hart goes in the T37 200m (8.40pm) and Dan West goes for glory in the F32/33 (10.00am) shot put in his fifth Paralympic Games.

Great Britain’s men’s basketball team have been in up-and-down form so far so Murray Treseder’s men will need to step their game up for the quarter-finals against Turkey (3.15pm).

After gold and silver for the Dani Brown and Mel Clarke in the individual archery on Tuesday, the team events reach the medal stages.

The Hynd brothers, Ollie and Sam, go head-to-head again in the pool (SM8 200m individual medley, 1730 BST).

There is another showdown between British team-mates when defending champion Liz Johnson does battle in the 100m breaststroke (SB6, 1931 BST) with world champion and good friend Charlotte Henshaw.

It’s time trial day for the cyclists as the road cycling gets underway. All the events will take place at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit, 20 miles south east of the Olympic Stadium, in Kent.

Great Britain’s David Stone is out to add to the two golds he won in Beijing in the mixed T1-2 time trial at 4.45pm.

However, a dislocated shoulder sustained in a crash in July has affected the hopes of Rachel Morris (individual H3 time trial, 4.20pm).

Sarah Storey can win her third gold when she goes in the individual C5 (12.00pm), while Mark Colbourne (C1, 11.50am) is also after a third medal after a gold and silver in the Velodrome.

The Brands Hatch circuit is nothing new to former F1 racing driver Alex Zanardi, but today he returns to the track as a Paralympic hand cyclist in the Men’s Individual H4 Time Trial (3.10pm).

In one of the most remarkable back-stories of the entire Games, Zanardi lost both his legs after an horrific Champ Car accident 11 years ago, but that didn’t stop him from making a return to racing, where he competed in various series before deciding to focus full-time on his aim to compete at the London Paralympics.

In 7-a-side football, Great Britain take on the USA in the final group match at the Riverbank Arena (4.15pm). The last time the two sides met, GB cruised to a 7-0 victory and they will be expected to rack up the goals again.

Over at Eton Manor in the wheelchair tennis, the Quadfather may be out of the singles, but Peter Norfolk and his 21-year-old doubles partner Andy Lapthorne – dubbed the Quadson – are up against No.2 seeded American pair David Wagner and Nicholas Taylor.

The 51-year-old retained his gold in Beijing but he shockingly crashed out in the quarter-finals of the singles on Tuesday, though he could grab a perfect consolation in the doubles today.

In the women’s singles draw, Jordanne Whiley could spring a surprise but she has stiff competition. With 42 Grand Slam titles to her name and five Paralympic titles, Esther Vergeer is the overwhelming favourite in the women’s singles.

The Dutchwoman has an unbeaten run stretching to 457 matches but Whiley gave her a run for her money in the recent test event and home support could spur her on.

Elsewhere, at just 14, wheelchair fencer Gabi Down will be one of GB’s youngest athletes at the Games when she competes in the women’s individual epee.

Gemma Collis and Justine Moore complete the line-up, meaning the trio have an average age of just 18.

Channel 4 will once again clear all non-Paralympic programmes from its daytime schedule to provide live rolling coverage of the day’s events, taking a half-hour break for the Channel 4 News at 7pm, with live Paralympics coverage during this period continuing over on More4.

You can follow all the action from day seven 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 look ahead to today’s swimming and athletics.

The Roadshow comes from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, home of swimming brothers Sam and Oliver Hynd, there is another instalment of the History of the Paralympics and part three of Daraine Mulvihill’s report on her attempt to have blades like those of Oscar Pistorius fitted.

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

The swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre begin with Sam and Oliver Hynd in the men’s SM8 200m individual medley, and Rob Welbourn competes in the men’s S10 400m freestyle.

Liz Johnson and Charlotte Henshaw take part in the women’s SB6 100m breaststroke, and Louise Watkin, Steph Millward and Lauren Steadman aim to make tonight’s women’s S9 50m freestyle final.

At the Olympic Stadium in the athletics, David Weir starts the defence of his T54 800m title, Katrina Hart and Stefanie Reid line up in their respective T37 and T44 200m heats, and Dan West will be hoping for a medal in the finals of the F32/33 shot put.

Plus, action from the men’s sitting volleyball quarter-finals at the ExCeL London, and updates on the wheelchair basketball and 7-a-side football.

After 12.05pm, Libby Clegg is GB’s representative in the women’s T12 200m heats, and the table tennis features the opening round of the team disciplines.

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, Wheelchair Rugby, Athletics,
Sitting Volleyball, Football 7-a-Side, Wheelchair Tennis

The wheelchair basketball at the North Greenwich Arena has reached the quarter-final stage in the men’s event, with Great Britain among the teams still involved, while the wheelchair rugby gets under way at the Basketball Arena, with Britain taking on the USA.

Athletics coverage continues at the Olympic Stadium with the semi-finals of the women’s T11 100m, in which Tracey Hinton will hope to be involved at her sixth Paralympics, while the quarter-finals of the men’s sitting volleyball take place at the ExCeL London, Great Britain play their final 7-a-side group match against the USA at the Riverbank Arena and wheelchair tennis comes from Eton Manor.

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

Live coverage of this evening’s first swimming finals at the Aquatics Centre, including the men’s SM8 200m individual medley, which should feature brothers Ollie and Sam Hynd.

Rob Welbourn is one of the favourites in the men’s S10 400m freestyle, while James O’Shea competes in the men’s SB5 100m breaststroke.

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

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7.30pm-10.30pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012 TONIGHT
Presenters: Clare Balding & Ade Adepitan
Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Channel 4’s prime time coverage on day seven of the 14th Paralympic Games in London, featuring swimming at the Aquatics Centre and athletics at the Olympic Stadium.

The swimming involves the finals of the men’s S2 50m backstroke, in which Jim Anderson is tipped to challenge, and the women’s S9 50m freestyle, where the likes of Britain’s Louise Watkin, Steph Millward and Lauren Steadman are expected to face stiff competition from reigning champion Natalie Du Toit of South Africa.

The athletics represents a chance for Tracey Hinton to go for gold in the women’s T11 100m final, while Team GB’s world champion Katrina Hart is likely to be up against Russia’s Svetlana Sergeeva and Ukraine’s Viktoriya Kravchenko in the women’s T37 200m final, and Shelly Woods is fancied to challenge in the final of the women’s T54 800m.

Plus, news from the day’s events across London, including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and Paul Efayena in the powerlifting.

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10.30pm-11.15pm – 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
Athletics & Swimming

Continued coverage of the seventh day of the Games, including swimming and athletics action.

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Highlights of the day’s events with Audio Description (AD) will be shown on 4Seven at 1.05am, repeated on Channel 4 at 6.05am
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