LONDON 2012: Paralympics Watch – Day 11

On the last day of competition at London 2012 the four marathon events take centre stage, with David Weir and Shelly Woods carrying the hopes for ParalympicsGB.

As the Paralympics draws to a close, all eyes will be on Weir to see if he can an historic fourth gold of these Games.

Teams will also battle it out for the last gold medals of the Games in the 7-a-side football and wheelchair rugby, before the closing ceremony begins at 8pm.

The Mall provides a spectacular start and end point for wheelchair racers, blind runners and amputees the four different marathon races.

In between athletes will pass through Admiralty Arch and past Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament before ending up back on The Mall, in sight of Buckingham Palace.

David Weir has not just one great rival but two and both Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and Kurt Fearnley of Australia will be looking to pip the hometown hero in the T54 marathon (11.30am).

Weir won the London Marathon for a record-equalling sixth time in April, pulling level with one of Britain’s finest ever athletes, Tanni Grey-Thompson.

It is this pedigree that will propel Weir to the top of the favourites list despite this being his first marathon at Paralympic Games.

He will be looking to add a fourth gold medal to his impressive 2012 medals haul which would be the perfect ending to his magificent Games.

Shelly Woods claimed two medals in Beijing – silver in the T54 1500m and bronze in the 5000m – but, like Weir, she has never participated in a Paralympic Marathon.

She shares another important parallel with Weir though, after winning the Women’s London Marathon in April.

Channel 4 will only be able to show the opening and closing moments of the four marathon races, as they were left out of a list of events allocated funding for full live coverage by the London organising committee and the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS).

The final day of competition also features the men’s 7-a-side football finals (4pm) and the conclusion of the wheelchair rugby competition (2.15pm).

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

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9.30am-11.25am PARALYMPIC GAMES BREAKFAST SHOW
Presenters: Rick Edwards & Kelly Cates

The last Paralympic Games Breakfast Show comes live from the Channel 4 studios inside the Olympic Park, including a look back at the past 10 days of action, and a preview of today’s events.

There is a discussion on how the London Games has changed the perception and future of Paralympian sport, and the Roadshow comes from Surrey, the base of multi-medal winner David Weir.

 
11.25am-2.00pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Jonathan Edwards & Daraine Mulvihill
Athletics, Wheelchair Rugby, Football 7-a-Side

The Mall plays host to the start and finish of the men’s and women’s T54 marathons, with Britain’s leading wheelchair racers, David Weir and Shelly Woods, hoping to end their Games in style and add to their collection of medals.

Prior to the Games, Weir held the British record at all track distances up to 5,000m, as well as on the road at 10km, half marathon and the marathon, and he has triumphed in the London Marathon on six occasions.

The men’s 7-a-side football bronze-medal match takes place at the Riverbank Arena and the wheelchair rugby bronze-medal contest comes from the Basketball Arena.

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2.00pm-5.25pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES 2012
Presenters: Georgie Bingham & Arthur Williams
Athletics, Wheelchair Rugby, Football 7-a-Side

The men’s 7-a-side football final takes place at the Riverbank Arena from 2.15pm, while the wheelchair rugby final contest comes from the Basketball Arena at 4.00pm.

Plus, a look ahead to this evening’s closing ceremony, which begins at 8pm.

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5.25pm-6.30pm – THE GREAT BRITISH PARAORCHESTRA

This special programme follows conductor Charles Hazlewood as he assembles an orchestra made up entirely of disabled musicians and prepares for their first public concert.

The documentary tells the participants’ stories, from pianist Nicholas McCarthy, who was born without a right arm, to trumpeter Clarence Adoo, who was paralysed from the neck down in a car accident and now makes music on a computer.

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7.00pm-11.05pm – PARALYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY
Presenters: Clare Balding & Ade Adepitan
CLICK HERE for more details on Channel 4’s closing ceremony coverage

Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru-Murthy present coverage of the end of the Games, as 11 days of competition are officially brought to a close in a show entitled ‘Festival of Flame’.

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CLICK HERE for more details on Paralympic sport classification
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LIVE C4 Paralympics 1 – 8.25am-12.40pm & 1.25pm-6.40pm
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LIVE C4 Paralympics 2 – 11.55am-5.10pm
 
 
 
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