The first day of the 2016 Paralympic Games commences with plenty of medal prospects for Great Britain in the velodrome and the pool, as well as in athletics.
Great Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, Sarah Storey, will make her seventh Games appearance in the women’s C5 individual pursuit. One further gold medal will make Storey our most successful female Paralympian, surpassing the 11 gold held by Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Roberts. Storey will be aiming for her third title in a row in the individual pursuit and is competing in four events overall in Rio.
Also in the velodrome today, newcomer Megan Giglia is hoping to add Paralympic gold to the world title she won in the women’s C1-3 individual pursuit earlier this year, while Steve Bate and pilot Adam Duggleby go in the men’s individual B pursuit.
London 2012 swimming champions Ollie Hynd, Jonathan Fox and Bethany Firth are all in action. Hynd is the defending world and European champion in his event, the 400m freestyle S8, where he also faces teammate Josef Craig. Fox will look to defend his 100m backstroke S7 title and Firth, who won 100m backstroke S14 gold while representing Ireland at London 2012, before switching to GB in 2013, will be hoping for more success alongside compatriot Jessica-Jane Applegate.
Athletics also gets under way, with medal chances for Great Britain in both track and field events; Kyron Duke aims to add the only medal missing in his collection when he competes in the men’s shot put F41. For 16-year-old Polly Maton, Rio is her first international outing since last year and she competes in the women’s long jump F47, while Scot Samantha Kinghorn makes her Paralympic debut in the women’s 100m T53.
Also in action today are the men and women's wheelchair basketball teams. The men, who finished fourth in 2012, are up against Algeria and the women face world champions Canada. And the football seven-a-side competition gets underway, as well as the table tennis preliminary rounds.
Medal highlights for the day ahead are below (times denoted are BST) and for live results and medal table, visit our interactive micro-site #EVERYROADtoRIO Live.
You can also keep up with key moments from the Paralympics by following @UK_Sport on Twitter.
Thursday 8 September
R2 10m air rifle standing; Karen Butler, Lorraine Lambert (qualification 12:30, final 14:30)
R1 10m rifle standing; Owen Burke (qualification 16:00, final 16:30)
C1-3 Individual Pursuit; Megan Giglia (qualification 10:00, final 20:30)
C5 Individual Pursuit; Sarah Storey, Crystal Lane (qualification 11:19, final 21:12)
Individual Pursuit B; Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby (qualification 11:57, final 21:38)
S8 400m freestyle; Ollie Hynd, Josef Craig (heats 13:46, final 21:44)
S8 400m freestyle; Stephanie Millward (final 21:55)
SB9 100m breaststroke; Harriet Lee (heats14:24, final 22:13)
S14 100m backstroke; Aaron Moores (heats 14:53, final 23:09)
S14 100m backstroke; Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (heats 15:01, final 23:16)
S5 200m freestyle; Andrew Mullen (heats 15:25, final 00:09 Friday)
S7 100m backstroke; Jonathan Fox (heats 15:49, final 00:44 Friday)
F41 shot put; Kyron Duke (21:45)
T47 long jump; Polly Maton (22:11)
T53 100m; Sammi Kinghorn (22:54)
*Denotes a medal session
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