London 2012 – Day 2 Preview

What’s on the agenda for Paralympics GB today…?


Athletics: Miller aims to regain his F31/32/51 Club title after finishing second in Beijing. Miller, one of the GB Athletics team captains, won gold in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens. Aled Davies has medals hopes in the F42/44 Shot during the morning session, which starts at 10:00 in the Olympic Stadium.

Twenty year old wheelchair racer Cockcroft is among those who have heats in the morning, hoping to go for gold in the T34 100m during the evening session. Cockcroft, from Halifax, became a double world sprint champion in 2011. Among her competition is fellow Briton Mel Nicholls.

Sophia Warner flies the flag in the T35 200m and Rhys Jones competes in the men’s T37 200m. On the field, Nathan Stephens and Derek Derenalagi compete in the final of the men’s F57/58 Discus.

Cycling (Track): Tandem racing is an event unique to the Paralympics and Aileen McGlynn defends her B 1km Time Trial title in the discipline during the morning session at the Velodrome, piloted again by Helen Scott.

Cundy looks for his sixth Paralympic gold (having won three in swimming) as he defends his C4-5 1km Time Trial title in the afternoon. Among his rivals is another British world champion, Jon-Allan Butterworth, a former RAF serviceman who lost his arm in a rocket attack in Iraq. The duo do not compete elsewhere but the C4 and C5 classes are combined here, and Cundy’s time will be reduced marginally because of his more severe disability.

Darren Kenny defends his C3 Individual Pursuit crown after finishing fourth in the Time Trial on Thursday, with Britons Shaun McKeown and Rik Waddon among his opponents. Mark Colbourne goes in the C1 Individual Pursuit.

Judo: The Powell brothers carry GB hopes on the mat, with older sibling Marc in the men’s Under 73kg category at ExCel North Hall 2, followed by Dan who fights in the Under 81kg class. Their father Terry represented GB at three Paralympics from 1988 to 2000.

Powerlifting: Ali Jawad competes at his second Paralympic Games looking for a 56kg medal at ExCel South Hall 3. The former world junior champion trains nearby, at the University of East London.

Shooting: GB’s Matt Skelhon and Nathan Milgate complete against each other in the R1 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. Skelhon won the Prone event in Beijing and both Prone and Standing at the 2011 World Cup in Turkey.

Swimming: Twenty GB swimmers have their sights on podium places at the Aquatics Centre, facing heats in the morning to qualify for the evening session.

Sam Hynd defends his S8 400m Freestyle title alongside brother Oliver and team-mate Thomas Young, while other men in action include James Crisp and Morgyn Peters in the S9 100m Backstroke, Ben Proctor, Craig Rodgie and Aaron Moores in the S14 version and Graham Edmunds (who won a relay gold in Beijing) in the S10 50m Freestyle.

Susie Rodgers goes in the S7 50m Butterfly on her second day of action having broken the European record last year. Heather Fredriksen will aim to better her Beijing silver in the S8 400m Freestyle alongside team- mates Emma Hollis and Charlotte Henshaw.

Steph Millward races the S9 100m Backstroke alongside Amy Marron, while Natalie Massey, Chloe Davies and Jessica Applegate go in the S14 version of the same event. Harriet Lee goes in the women’s S10 50m Freestyle.

Stockport’s Matt Walker, already the owner of 11 Paralympic medals, competes in his first event at his fourth Games, the men’s S7 50m Butterfly.


Other British teams and athletes in action

Archery: Paul Browne is in action in the men’s Individual Recurve W1/W2 in the morning session at the Royal Artillery Barracks, while Kate Murray goes for a place in the quarter-finals in the women’s Individual Recurve W1/W2.

In the afternoon John Stubbs continues his title defence in the men’s Individual Compound (Open), while Richard Hennahane also competes.

John Cavanagh takes on Jerry Shields of the USA for a place in the quarter-finals of the Individual Compound W1. In the women’s Individual Compound, Pippa Britton faces Spanish opposition for a quarter-final place.

Athletics: Weir, who won two golds in Beijing competes in the first round of the Men’s T54 5000m – one of four events he is targeting at London 2012. Shelly Woods goes in the women’s T54 5000m heats. She won bronze in a controversial Beijing final.

Jordan Howe and Sam Ruddock are in the men’s T35 100m, and Sally Brown in the women’s T46 200m.

Equestrian: Britain continue their Team test title defence at Greenwich Park, with Beijing gold medallist Sophie Christiansen in the Ia category, Sophie Wells in IV and Deb Criddle in III.

Football 5-a-side: GB begin their 2012 campaign under captain Dave Clarke against Spain at 15:30 at the Riverside Arena, seeking to improve on their fifth place finish in Beijing.

Goalball: GB’s men hope for better fortune in their second match following their defeat to Lithuania in their opening game when they face Turkey at 11:30, while the women meet Finland at 15:00, also in the Copper Box.

Rowing: Tom Aggar begins the defence of his Single Scull crown in the opening heats at Eton Dorney. He remains unbeaten in international competition but faces stiff opposition from the Russian and Chinese scullers.

World champions Pam Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith, James Roe and cox Lily Van Den Broecke compete in the mixed Coxed Four, while Samantha Scowen and former soldier Nick Beighton compete in the mixed Double Scull.

Sitting Volleyball: GB’s women are first match of the day, facing Ukraine at 09:00, while the men are looking for their first win of the Games against Egypt following their defeat to Russia on Thursday at 21:00 at ExCel South Hall 2.

Table Tennis: Britain’s players continue their singles campaigns. Victoria Bromley, Jane Campbell, Robert Davies, Kim Daybell, Sue Gilroy, Sara Head, Paul Karabardak, Scott Robertson and David Wetherill are all in action at the ExCel North Hall 1.

Wheelchair Basketball: Britain’s women face Australia at 13:00 in their second group match at North Greenwich Arena following their 60-35 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands on day one of the Games. There’s a late tip-off for Britain’s men as they take on Canada at 21:15, following their 77-72 extra time defeat to Germany.

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