LONDON 2012: Paralympics Watch – Day 8

Brace yourselves because ‘Thriller Thursday’ has arrived as some of the most iconic Paralympians take centre stage inside the Olympic Stadium for what will be an unforgetable day.

South African superstar Oscar Pistorius defends his T44 100m title against the USA’s Jerome Singleton and ParalympicsGB’s Jonnie Peacock (above), who recently knocked 0.06 seconds off the world record.

David Weir will be out to retain his T54 800m title, while Libby Clegg has her eyes on the T12 200m top spot after securing silver in Beijing.

Just like in the Olympics, the 100m is the stellar sprint showdown of the Paralympics.

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius defends his T44 100m title (9.15pm) against the USA’s Jerome Singleton, who became the first man in seven years to beat the South African when he took gold at the 2011 World Championships.

If that wasn’t enough, enter stage left Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain, who knocked 0.06 seconds off the world record Pistorius shared with Marlon Shirley in July. 

It promises to be an unforgettable showdown inside the Olympic Stadium between the three men pictured below, and the race will also feature Brazil’s Alan Oliviera who famously beat Pistorius to the 200m title just days ago, prompting an unfortunate outburst from the world’s most famous Paralympian.

David Weir will be out to retain his T54 800m title (9.05pm) against the man he pipped to gold in Beijing – Australian Kurt Fearnley – and world record holder and perennial nemesis Marcel Hug from Switzerland.

Dan Greaves will be going for a third gold in the F44 discus (8.55pm) and aiming to snatch back his world record from the USA’s Jeremy Campbell, who broke it in June.

GB duo Ben Rushgrove and Graeme Ballard battle it out again in the T36 200m after their 100m clash four days ago (7.06pm).

Hannah Cockroft will look to add Paralympic gold to her World Championship medal in the T34 200m (7.40pm) and Libby Clegg has her eyes on the T12 200m (7.15pm) after securing silver in Beijing.

In the pool, Louise Watkin will square up against probably the greatest Paralympic swimmer of all time, five-time Beijing champion Natalie Du Toit, in the women’s SM9 200m individual medley (5.40pm).

Cycling great Sarah Storey can complete a clean sweep of four gold medals in London and take her career tally to 11 – matching Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts – in the road race (2.30pm), while Mark Colbourne (2.30pm), Shaun McKeown (2.30pm)
and Jon-Allan Butterworth (10.30am) are also in action.

Great Britain’s men are through to the semi-finals in the wheelchair basketball, and today they will face Canada in a rematch of their group encounter that the Canadians won convincingly.

It’s also a busy day in the sailing down at Weymouth. Britain has not won a medal since sailing was introduced to the Paralympics in
2000, and Alexandra Rickham
and Nicholas Birrell finished a disappointing fifth in the SKUD 18 Sailing class in Beijing.

But after winning four straight World Championships they are gunning for gold in London. Standing in their way will be the defending champions Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, and the Australian team whose silver-medal winning pair of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox have split and found new partners.

Finally, Karen Butler goes in the R8 event on the final day of shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks (qualification at 9am, final at 12.45pm).

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 eight 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 the final day of sailing in Weymouth and a report on Paralympic table tennis.

The Roadshow comes from Loughborough, home of discus thrower Dan Greaves, the KidsTalk and History of the Paralympics series continue, and the team are joined by Models of Diversity, who are fighting to change fashion so it reflects all shapes and sizes.

 
9.15am-1.00pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Jonathan Edwards & Daraine Mulvihill
Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball

British stars Louise Watkin, Jonathan Fox, Daniel Pepper and Heather Frederiksen are among those competing in the swimming at the Aquatics Centre, the table tennis team quarter-finals and semi-finals take place at the ExCeL London from 9.00 and 11.00, and the sitting volleyball at the same venue has reached the stage of the women’s fifth-eighth placed matches.

At the Olympic Stadium, Hannah Cockroft competes in the women’s T34 200m heats after taking gold in the T34 100m event on Friday, Graeme Ballard, Jordan Howe and Sam Ruddock carry British hopes in round one of the men’s T35 200m and there is a medal hope in Bev Jones in the women’s F37 discus final.

There are also updates from the North Greenwich Arena, which plays host to the women’s wheelchair basketball fifth-eighth place matches.

After 12.05pm, Libby Clegg is expected to compete in the women’s T12 200m semi-finals, the wheelchair basketball continues with the first women’s semi-final and the men’s 5-a-side football has reached the classification matches for fifth-eighth places.

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
Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Football 5-a-Side,
Wheelchair Tennis

Britain’s David Weir and Shelly Woods are both expected on track in the respective men’s T54 800m semi-finals and women’s T54 1500m heats.

The women’s wheelchair basketball and men’s 5-a-side football have both reached the semi-final stage, and the semi-finals of the mixed quad singles wheelchair tennis take place.

Plus, men’s sitting volleyball, road cycling and the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the team table tennis competitions.

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

Coverage of the first of this evening’s swimming finals at the Aquatics Centre.

Team GB have several medal chances tonight in the men’s and women’s SM9 200m individual medley, and S7 400m freestyle, which could include James Crisp, Louise Watkin, Jonathan Fox and Susie Rodgers respectively.

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, Wheelchair Rugby

A busy evening at the Olympic Stadium includes the possibility of Hannah Cockroft looking to complete a sprint double in the final of the women’s T34 200m, and Dan Greaves in the men’s F44 discus final.

Stefanie Reid is a potential gold hope in the women’s T44 200m final, as is Libby Clegg in the women’s T12 200m final, while Ben Rushgrove and Paul Blake will be targeting glory in the finals of the men’s T36 200m and T36 800m respectively.

At 9.46 attention turns to David Weir, as the Londoner seeks to retain the T54 800m title he won in Beijing, followed by the showpiece occasion of the evening – the men’s T44 100m final – which is likely to see South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius face the man who surprisingly beat him in the T44 200m final, Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil, with American Jerome Singleton and Britain’s Jonnie Peacock also hoping to challenge.

Elsewhere, the men’s wheelchair basketball has reached the semi-final stage at the North Greenwich Arena, and Great Britain take on France in the wheelchair rugby qualifiers at the Basketball Arena.

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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 eight 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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