Athletics: Great Britain’s Hannah Cockroft gave a demonstration of her supremacy in T34 class racing, as she won her second gold medal of Tokyo 2020, and her seventh at a Paralympic Games, in the 800m.
Depending on the angle you viewed the race from, it was possible to think that Cockroft was out on the track by herself, so great was the distance between herself and the rest of the eight strong field. She won in a Paralympic record time and finished just shy of her own world record, despite sodden conditions in the Olympic Stadium.
The 29-year-old clocked in at 1:48.99, a little more than a tenth of a second short of her best. She was, however, a whole 11 seconds clear of compatriot Kare Adenegan, famously the only racer to have beaten Cockroft in international competition, who claimed silver. Fabienne Andre just missed out on making it a British 1,2,3 as she finished behind the American Alexa Halko.
More to follow
Hello and welcome to our day 11 coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. This is the penultimate day. The one before the last one. The one with a tendency to bring on bouts of nostalgia for the preceding days and weeks we wish we could all relive. We have already witnessed some of those moments today, and I’ll do my best to catch you up on those events before heading full steam ahead into the next 10 or so hours. But first, some highlights below to watch out for, courtesy of my colleague Martin Belam.
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Exeter, 13 hours for New York and 16 hours for San Francisco.
If you only watch one thing: 9.30am Paracanoe – after a morning of semi-finals, by 10.48am it is time for the finals. The women go in the kayak single 200m in three classes where Emma Wiggs is attempting to defend her Rio title, and the men have two finals in the va’a single
- 9am Badminton – settle in for another long day at the Yoyogi National Stadium as eventually we get to seven bronze play-offs and seven finals. There’s no precise timings for the later matches and the schedule indicates that the session could go as long as to 9pm
- 9.30am and 7pm Athletics – it is nearly all finals today with 24 golds available (10 of those have already been won) making it the busiest day on the podium of the athletics program.
- 10am and 5pm Taekwondo – there are two finals at the end of these sessions – the men’s K44 +75kg and the women’s K44 +58kg bouts for the gold medal should start around 9pm
- 11.30am and 5.30pm Football 5-a-side – China v Morocco for the bronze medal first, and then in the early evening it is the final between Argentina and Brazil. Brazil haven’t let in a single goal all Paralympics yet
- 12.15pm Shooting – after an earlier qualification round there are two finals today. First on at 12.15pm is the mixed 50m pistol SH1 final. At 2.45pm it is the mixed 50m rifle prone SH2
- 2pm and 4.30pm and 7pm Sitting volleyball – the men play-off for bronze as Brazil face Bosnia-Herzegovina, then the women’s bronze is available as Brazil play Canada. The evening match is the men’s final: the Russian Paralympic Committee v Iran. The women’s final is on Sunday
- 5.20pm Boccia – there’s an earlier session from 9.30am with semi-finals and bronze medal play-offs, but the main attraction is a short sharp evening session of finals in the BC4 pairs, BC3 pairs, and the BC1/BC2 team
- 5.30pm Archery – the mixed team recurve contest reaches the quarter-final stage, and by 8pm we’ll know the winner of the final archery medal of Tokyo 2020
- 8.30pm Wheelchair basketball – the women’s bronze medal match between Germany and the US is earlier at 5.45pm, and the evening session has the Netherlands v China setting out to win gold
- 10am Wheelchair tennis – The day on centre court at the Ariake Tennis Park started with Australia’s Dylan Alcott winning gold in the quad singles. It is followed by the women’s doubles bronze match and then the women’s doubles gold where the Dutch pair of Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot take on British pair Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley. After that it is the ParalympicsGB bronze showdown between doubles partners Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett. *draws deep breath* Then the day concludes with the men’s singles gold match. Phew