LONDON 2012: Paralympics Watch – Day 9

Following on from the most extraordinary night in the history of the Paralympic Games, day nine’s action will have to go some way to match the sheer drama and intensity of ‘Thriller Thursday’.

More British gold medals are expected to come following yesterday’s haul of five. Rachel Morris defends the handcycling gold medal she won by three clear minutes in Beijing, Jim Anderson performs in the men’s S2 50m freestyle, and Micky Bushell (above) is one of the favourites for the T53 200m title.

Bushell started his athletics career after Paralympian Deborah Brennan spotted him playing dodgeball at school.

He goes in the T53 200m (8.15pm) and can draw confidence from the silver medal he secured in the T53 100m four years previously.

The USA’s Tatyana McFadden was beaten to gold in the T54 200m, 400m, and 800m by Chantal Peticlerc in 2008, and the Canadian also took gold in the 1500m.

Peticlerc has since retired, but now works as a mentor for ParalympicsGB’s Shelly Woods, who won silver in Beijing and now holds the 1500m world record. Could the pair deny McFadden the T54 1500m (8.40pm) title once again?

Woods came second in the 5000m in China, but the race was dominated by a crash that accounted for a clutch of athletes, and officials controversially decided to restage the race, and Woods had to settle for bronze second time round.

Look out for Kyron Duke, who will be looking to improve on the bronze he won at the World Championships during his Paralympic debut in the F40 javelin (10.05am) while Scott Moorhouse will be hoping to nudge his way into medal contention in the F42 division (11.30am).

Richard Whitehead has already won a stunning 200m gold in London and he goes for a sprint double in the 100m (9.25pm).

At Brands Hatch, Rachel Morris defends the handcycling gold medal she won by three clear minutes in Beijing (individual H1-3 road race at 10.30am).

Italy’s Alex Zanardi is back in action looking for a second gold of the Games in the men’s handcycling road race (4.30pm).

There is plenty of British interest at the Aquatics Centre. Jim ‘the Swim’ Anderson has competed in every Paralympic Games since Barcelona in 1992 and has never failed to claim a medal.

In the pool, 49-year-old Jim Anderson looks to upgrade the bronze medal he claimed in Beijing when he goes in the men’s S2 50m freestyle (6.50pm) – the same applies for Sascha Kindred, who is off in the S6 50m butterfly (6.20pm).

Ellie Simmonds and Liz Johnson try to finish in the medal places in the S6 50m butterfly (6.30pm) after missing out in Beijing, while in the S9 100m freestyle (5.35pm) Natalie Jones, Louise Watkin, Steph Millward and Lauren Steadman comprise a four-pronged ParalympicsGB attack.

In wheelchair rugby, Great Britain play Japan at 3pm in their final group match, with semi-final places at stake.

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 nine 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 profile of one of the exponents of wheelchair rugby, Aaron Phipps, and the daily Roadshow coming from his home town of Southampton.

Plus, a look ahead to the day’s 7-a-side football, swimming, table tennis and athletics, and the latest in the KidsTalk and History of the Paralympics series.

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

The swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre include Louise Watkin in the women’s S9 100m freestyle, Sascha Kindred in the men’s S6 50m butterfly and Jim Anderson in the men’s S2 50m freestyle.

Over at the Olympic Stadium, Sophia Warner goes at 10.00 in the women’s T35 100m heats and David Weir will expect to be involved in the men’s T54 400m semi-finals.

In the field event finals, Kyron Duke and Scott Moorhouse will hope to impress in the respective men’s F40 and F42 javelin finals.

Plus, the semi-finals of the team table tennis competitions at the ExCeL London and the fifth-eighth place play-offs in the men’s 7-a-side football at the Riverbank Arena.

After 12.05pm, there will be action from the women’s wheelchair basketball play-off for fifth and sixth places at the North Greenwich Arena, and the wheelchair rugby preliminary matches at the Basketball Arena.

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

The men’s 7-a-side football at the Riverbank Arena has reached the semi-final stage, and the final round of wheelchair rugby preliminaries take place at the Basketball Arena.

The men’s wheelchair basketball at the North Greenwich Arena features the fifth-eighth place play-offs, and the table tennis continues with the team finals and bronze-medal matches, while the finals of the men’s sitting volleyball are held at the ExCel London.

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5.25pm-7.00pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Clare Balding & Ade Adepitan
Swimming, 7-a-Side Football, Goalball, Wheelchair Rugby

Further live coverage from London, including the swimming finals at the Aquatics Centre and 7-a-side football at the Riverbank Arena.

In the pool, Sascha Kindred aims to add to his medal haul in the final of the men’s S6 50m butterfly, while Louise Watkin, Steph Millward and Lauren Steadman are hoping to be involved in the women’s S9 100m freestyle final.

The men’s football has reached the semi-final stage, and there are updates on the team table tennis semi-finals, goalball women’s final and the latest round of wheelchair rugby matches.

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

The athletics includes Oscar Pistorius in the men’s T44 400m heats, and a chance for Sophia Warner to win a medal in the women’s T35 100m final.

Mickey Bushell is among the favourites for gold in the men’s T53 200m, having already taken the T53 100m title, Richard Whitehead has high hopes of success in the men’s T42 100m final, David Weir should be involved in the men’s T54 400m final, and Shelly Woods is expected to take on Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc in the women’s T54 1500m final.

In the swimming finals, Hannah Russell is highly fancied in the women’s S12 50m freestyle, and Rhiannon Henry in the women’s SM13 200m individual medley. Plus, action from the final of the women’s wheelchair basketball at the North Greenwich 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 ninth 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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