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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics day one: swimming, biking, wheelchair rugby and more – are living!

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics day one: swimming, biking, wheelchair rugby and more – are living!

Early Newspaper

08: 18

Geoff Lemon

Thanks Emma. Can’t wait on me away. What’s on tonight, I hear you place a place a query to to? Bloody neatly stacks, is my regionally particular answer.

  • Swimming – neatly, all of it. Or that’s the blueprint in which it feels. Gold up for grabs from 5pm local time in the:

    400m freestyle S9, men and ladies folks

    100m backstroke S1, men

    100m backstroke S2, men and ladies folks

    100m butterfly S14, men and ladies folks

    50m breaststroke SB3, men

    50m freestyle S6, ladies folks

    50m freestyle S10, men and ladies folks

    100m butterfly S13, men and ladies folks

    200m freestyle S5, men and ladies folks

    100m freestyle S8, men
  • Wheelchair basketball – Australia and Japan in the ladies folks’s pool match at 5pm.
  • 5: 30pm for goalball between Germany and Turkey’s men, and wheelchair rugby between Gargantuan Britain and Canada.
  • Goalball at 7: 30pm between Australia and Israel’s ladies folks
  • Wheelchair rugby at 8pm between France and Japan
  • Goalball at 8: 30 between Brazil and the USA, and wheelchair basketball between Korea and Spain.

Whereas we are on the topic of wheelchair basketball, Kieran Pender has written a part on one in all Australia’s men’s players, Jannik Blair, about his backstory and his recent customised carbon fibre wheelchair seat.

I’m handing you over to Geoff now, who didn’t acquire ample of the action earlier and is wait on for more.

Wheelchair basketball: It’s three-quarter-time and Canada’s lead has blown out to 45-39. They won that quarter 19-10, and the Brits own work to blueprint to fabricate up the incompatibility.

Right here is the medal desk because it stands, for these that skills a bit of AUS/GBR competition:

Wheelchair basketball: Group GB’s ladies folks are forward 29-26 leading into the third length of time of their opening Community A match against Canada. It has been a reasonably evenly matched come upon however Kathleen Dandeneau has been the star with a 15-level haul for Canada.

Kathleen Dandeneau of Canada in action with Judith Hamer of Britain

Kathleen Dandeneau of Canada in action with Judith Hamer of Britain. Characterize: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Wheelchair rugby: Well neatly neatly, Paralympics newcomers Denmark own overwhelmed Australia. It used to be tied at 53-53 with 15 seconds on the clock and Sebastian Frederiksen gentle the time efficiently to achieve and sail forward 54-53. Ryley Batt wheeled away up the other pause of the court docket with his eyes on the aim however concedes a turnover after the ball is dominated out of bounds. What can the Danes blueprint in 2.7 seconds? What can any one blueprint in 2.7 seconds? In actual fact they don’t own to blueprint the relaxation however wait on onto the ball unless the whistle goes. Principal upset.

Some more detail on Storey’s insane success:

Wheelchair rugby: Denmark’s men own the upper hand over Australia, leading 47-46 with perfect under four minutes to place.

Bangma wins men’s B 4,000m particular person pursuit gold

Monitor biking: Sensational fling from Tristan Bangma, the Dutch rising star who has perfect dethroned British defending champion Stephen Bate in the tandem flee for visually impaired athletes. Bangma started comfortably in entrance and overlapped perfect after the 3,000m brand. Pole Marcin Polak claimed bronze by 0.276 seconds from Frenchman Alexandre Lloveras.

Netherland’s Tristan Bangma and pilot Patrick Bos.

Netherland’s Tristan Bangma and pilot Patrick Bos. Characterize: Tim Goode/PA

Right here’s a document on Australia’s golden birth:

Storey wins ladies folks’s C5 3,000m particular person pursuit gold

Monitor biking: Sarah Storey has cleaned up in a Group GB one-two, overlapping compatriot Crystal Lane-Wright. It is some distance Storey’s 15th Paralympic gold all over two different sports and eight Games. If that’s no longer ample to intimidate Lane-Wright nothing is. France’s Marie Patouillet won her bronze medal flee against Kiwi Nicole Murray.

Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey celebrates her gold. Characterize: Tim Goode/PA

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Wheelchair rugby: At half of-time Australia own pulled forward 25-23. Captain Ryley Batt, playing at his fifth Paralympics, scored the final two tries to comprehend his haul to 13. That tops the output of Denmark’s Sebastian Frederiksen on 11. The incapacity class of every and every players is 3.5.

For the uninitiated, players are given an reliable classification relying on their level of purposeful skill, rated from 0.5 to 3.5 with 0.5 being basically the most severe. In total, the upper-rated players own more bustle and mobility and so rep attacking roles. Four players are on the court docket for each and every time and the full aspects of these four players can no longer exceed 8.5.

Australia’s Ryley Batt in action with Denmark’s Mikkel Schoettel.

Australia’s Ryley Batt in action with Denmark’s Mikkel Schoettel. Characterize: Bernadett Szabó/Reuters

Wheelchair rugby: The Danes own thrown down the gauntlet to Australia, matching them aim for aim partly due to some brutally on-level defence. Because the clock ticks all the formula down to the pause of the second quarter the accumulate stands at 21-21.

Medal ceremonies are under formula at the velodrome, which is pretty spesh. Even and not utilizing a crowd it feels as if there is a vibe observing on TV. I’m certain it’s all actual noise.

And amusingly, Channel Seven has perfect confirmed the medal desk. On day one. After two events. Unsurprisingly, Australia own two gold medals and sit top. Finish the count.

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Greco has spoken to Seven and she’s pretty emotional.

“Sorry,” she saays by tears. “I’m perfect so glad. Can’t judge we did it. It used to be a factual flee. Yeah. I gentle can’t judge it. I’m in a position to’t thank the team of workers at AusCycling [enough], my coach, their wait on is incredible. My family and chums, wouldn’t be here without them.”

Paige Greco

Paige Greco after a hit gold. Characterize: Tim Goode/PA

Petricola wins ladies folks’s C4 3,000m particular person pursuit

The Australian’s lead blew out to seven seconds at the 2,000m brand and she rolled her soon thereafter.

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Emily Petricola goes for Australia’s second gold in as many attempts in her gold medal flee against the US’s Shawn Morelli. As it stands at the 1,000m brand is she a second and a half of in the lead.

Meg Lemon has perfect overlooked out on bronze in the ladies folks’s C4 3000m particular person pursuit to Canadian Keely Shaw, who comfortably accounted for her Australian counterpart.

Somebody used to be observing:

Kurt Fearnley


Paige Greco dominates for Australia for our first Gold Medal in the #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics

World File besides!!!!

August 25, 2021

It’s gold gold gold for Australia! That world chronicle is the seventh (seventh!) on the track today and the second place by Greco. Perchance basically the most noteworthy factor of Greco’s performance in that flee is that her first 250m or so were near-an identical to her final flee.

Australia’s Paige Greco celebrates winning Gold in the Women’s C1-3 3000m Individual Pursuit during the Track Cycling at the Izu Velodrome on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan.

Australia’s Paige Greco celebrates a hit Gold in the Ladies folks’s C1-3 3000m Particular particular person Pursuit at some level of the Monitor Biking at the Izu Velodrome on day one in all the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan. Characterize: Tim Goode/PA

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Paige Greco wins ladies folks’s C1-3 3,000m particular person pursuit

The Australian has carried out in 3: 50.815.

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Greco, who posted a recent world chronicle earlier in qualifying, used to be faster at the 1,000m brand than then. In other words, here’s QUICK. Wang a bit of off the tempo.

Paige Greco takes some deep breaths as she and Wang Xiaomei birth trim out of the gate.

Schindler has done it, and she’s clearly pumped about it. Brown used to be dangling the carrot in the direction of the pause there and she has bettered her warmth time with a 3: 55.120 here. Brown finishes in 4: 01.523. Gold medal flee coming up.

Germany’s Denise Schindler is forward in the ladies folks’s C1 3000m Particular particular person Pursuit bronze medal match-up against American Clara Brown.

Denise Schindler of Team Germany reacts after winning Women’s C1 3000m Individual Pursuit Bronze.

Denise Schindler of Group Germany reacts after a hit Ladies folks’s C1 3000m Particular particular person Pursuit Bronze. Characterize: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Photography

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I’ve dallied in changing the byline on this blog and thus been moonlighting as one Geoff Lemon for the past half of an hour. I am now formally Emma, and my valuable aspects is also found above for any questions, issues or gemstones of wisdom. Monitor biking about to acquire under formula so I’m going to loiter around at the Izu Velodrome for a bit.

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Right here’s that story on the conceivable Covid cluster in the athletes’ village:

If the Kiwi readers available need some more rugby to comprehend your minds of the, erm, rugby, Australia are due to play Denmark in half of an hour. Wheelchair rugby – for me no longer no longer as much as – is one in all the highlights of the Paralympics. It can well per chance per chance also very neatly be on story of it used to be unofficially called “murderball” wait on in the day, soon after the sport used to be invented in Canada in the ‘70s. No longer a sinful nickname pondering the aggregate of basketball, football and ice hockey and the copious collisions.

Some handy background discovering out on Australia’s early gold medal hopes who are due to compete in no longer too lengthy:

Australia has the probability to snare the principle two gold medals of the Tokyo Paralympics after Paige Greco and Emily Petricola posted recent biking world data to qualify for their respective finals.

Greco will flee for gold at the Izu Velodrome on Wednesday afternoon after smashing her own world chronicle in the ladies folks’s C3 particular person 3000m pursuit.

Her time of 3 minutes 52.283 seconds topped qualifying, and improved on her old chronicle of 4: 00.206 by practically eight seconds.

More importantly, her crimson-sizzling birth as much as the Paralympics has arrange a gold medal showdown against China’s Xiaomei Wang, who qualified second with a time of 3: 55.781.

Petricola also bettered her own world chronicle when she posted a time of 3: 38.061 in the ladies folks’s C4 particular person 3000m pursuit.

Her time noticed her speak pole place in qualifying, and she’ll flee off for gold against American Shawn Morelli (3: 46.842) later in the day.

Fellow Australian Meg Lemon used to be fourth fastest in 3: 49.043 in the C4 class and will flee off for bronze against Canadian Keely Shaw.

The biking finals will seemingly be the principle gold medals handed out at the Paralympics, which technique success for Greco and Petricola would propel Australia to the pinnacle of the standings.

Australia carried out fifth overall at the past two Paralympic Games.

Emma Kemp

Thanks Geoff. I will certainly high-tail with you. To the track, for certain. But first, to other destinations yonder in the Paralympics self-discipline of dreams. But earlier than that, and on story of Tokyo 2020 isn’t in fact Tokyo 2020 and not utilizing a Covid alarm, this from the Guardian’s man on the bottom Paul MacInnes:

Two more athletes own examined obvious for Covid 19 in the Paralympic village, with officials awaiting data to verify if a cluster of infection has broken out.

The info comes as ParalympicsGB confirmed a member of their coaching employees, a part of the wheelchair tennis team of workers, has been confirmed as having the virus and is now in isolation.

Day-to-day outcomes published by the Tokyo Paralympics organising committee found that 16 obvious instances had been recorded amongst the in depth testing programme. 5 of these contributors were in the Village, the place athletes, coaching and wait on employees are imagined to be within a Covid stable bubble.

The remainder of the unpleasant outcomes were found amongst contractors and video games personnel, whereas one member of the media examined obvious.

Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya talked about the outcomes would now be referred to experts.

“It looks these with the unpleasant instances near from different sports and different worldwide locations”, he instructed Correct by the Games. “Whether or no longer there is a cluster must gentle near from the suggestion from the experts. We are in a position to continue to hear to the suggestion and try to give perfect data to the media.”

ParalympicsGB talked about that a employees member had examined obvious for the virus earlier than arriving at the village after testing detrimental upon arrival in Japan and at a training camp.

The GB chef de mission, Penny Briscoe, talked about “we absolutely respect and continue to adhere” to the Tokyo 2020 Covid protocols. British officials are in fact tracing the particular person’s recent contacts.

ParalympicsGB also confirmed that a member of the desk tennis team of workers, David Wetherill, has been deselected for breaching his team of workers’s code of behavior. The organising body talked about they’d be offering no extra data whereas an arbitration assignment used to be conducted.

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Geoff Lemon

That’s ample from me. Biking medals birth in about 40 minutes, and there’s loads more coming as neatly. Emma Kemp will high-tail with you for the next wee whereas. Away with you.

Wheelchair rugby: USA won 63-35 over Novel Zealand. One day of nationwide weeping has been scheduled in the Shaky Isles.

Hayden Barton-Cootes of New Zealand and Joshua Wheeler of the United States in action.

Hayden Barton-Cootes of Novel Zealand and Joshua Wheeler of the United States in action. Characterize: Bernadett Szabó/Reuters

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Biking: But but one more world chronicle at the track: Netherlands’ Ned Bangma in the lads’s B 4000m particular person pursuit, in 3: 59: 47. One other chronicle busted by over four seconds, and he’s the principle man under four minutes in this flee. He’ll flee for gold against GB’s Stephen Bate.

Marcin Polak and Alexandre Lloveras, of Poland and France, flee for bronze.

Desk tennis: Gargantuan Britain’s Ross Wilson also had a take dangle of first up, whereas Australia’s Lisa Daniela di Toro didn’t. Wilson beat Clement Berthier, who in the event you hadn’t guessed is French. The picador for di Toro used to be Sandra Mikolascheck of Germany.

Great Britain’s Ross Wilson in action against France’s Clement Berthier.

Gargantuan Britain’s Ross Wilson in action against France’s Clement Berthier. Characterize: John Walton/PA

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Desk tennis: Aaron McKibbin won the Ashes of Desk Tennis 3-0, in tribute to the scoreline accomplished most no longer too lengthy up to now by Alastair Cook’s men in 2013.

Wheelchair fencing: On Brit-stare, Gemma Collis McCann is out of the ladies folks’s sabre after losing her four pool suits.

Biking: Within the lads’s particular person pursuit 4000m B, for imaginative and prescient-impaired riders, Gargantuan Britain’s Neil Fachie is already out of the medal reckoning in fifth location and James Ball failed to enact. Stephen Bate, the Paralympic chronicle holder, is but to fling.

Wheelchair basketball: A volley of photography from Netherlands near the pause: de Rooij, Beijer, Kramer, Visser, all sinking two-pointers earlier than Visser lands just a few uncontested free throws after an unsportsmanlike harmful is called against the USA. The American citizens accumulate on the buzzer however the final margin is without be conscious 68-58 to the Dutch. Technique to discontinuance it out.

Wheelchair basketball: The Dutch are going to comprehend. They’re up by eight.

Rose Hollermann of the United States and Natalie Schneider of the United States in action with Mariska Beijer of the Netherlands.

Rose Hollermann of the United States and Natalie Schneider of the United States in action with Mariska Beijer of the Netherlands. Characterize: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

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Wheelchair basketball: A pair of overlooked threes from the USA and they wait on turning the ball over to Netherlands who certain defensively. Kramer scores again for the Dutch and they’re up by six! Three minutes left, Kramer misses her subsequent free throw however clears up her own rebound. No accumulate outcomes, Ryan scores for USA to discontinuance it to 60-56.

Wheelchair basketball: Netherlands up 58-54 after sinking just a few twos.

Wheelchair basketball: The Dutch won’t slide away! 54-54 at a timeout in the fourth, six minutes left.

Paul MacInnes on Sarah Storey: “Her tongue used to be putting out on that final lap, so she used to be feeling it, however the tempo used to be serious from birth as much as enact. Looks to be like gold medal quantity one in all the video games for her might per chance well per chance well also neatly be incoming…”

Add it to the pile. She’s purchased more gold than Smaug.

Wheelchair rugby: USA leading 29-17 over Novel Zealand as half of time arrives.

World chronicle and a huge gamble at gold for Sarah Storey!

The Gargantuan Dame does the job at the age of 43. She rides 327: 807, beating her own world chronicle by more than four seconds. Significant advances on the info today, each and every at the drome and in the pool. She’ll fling off against Crystal Lane-Wright for gold, which technique…

Gargantuan Britain is assured a gold medal. One formula or the other. That must fabricate some of you lot in the Isles glad.

Utilizing for bronze will seemingly be France and Novel Zealand, the Rainbow Warrior match-up, with Marie Patouillet against Nicole Murray.

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Desk tennis: Nathan Pellissier and Aaron McKibbin are initiating off, Australia v Gargantuan Britain, in what many are called the Ashes of Desk Tennis.

Biking: Dame Sarah Fable is up next at the velodrome.

Wheelchair basketball: A discontinuance one in the ladies folks’s sport, the USA leading 36-34 against Netherlands.

Wheelchair rugby: USA leading Novel Zealand 16-10 in the lads’s sport, second length. It’s been intense.

Ode to a Lemon

Pablo Neruda

Out of lemon flowers


on the moonlight, love’s

lashed and insatiable


sodden with scent,

the lemon tree’s yellow

emerges,the lemons

circulate down

from the tree’s planetarium

Gentle merchandise!

The harbors are immense with it-

bazaarsfor the sunshine and the

barbarous gold.

We initiate

the halves

of a miracle,

and a clotting of acids


into the starry



well-liked juices,

irreducible, changeless,


so the freshness lives on

in a lemon,

in the candy-smelling home of the rind,

the proportions, arcane and acerb.

Cutting the lemon

the knife

leaves a bit of cathedral:

alcoves unguessed by the see

that initiate acidulous glass

to the sunshine; topazes

driving the droplets,

altars,fragrant facades.

So, whereas the hand

holds the in the reduce price of of the lemon,

half of a world

on a trencher,

the gold of the universe


to your touch:

a cup yellow

with miracles,

a breast and a nipple

perfuming the earth;

a flashing made fruitage,

the limited fire of a planet.

Biking: I used to be glad to gape an Australian rider named Meg Lemon on the card. She’s qualified to fling for bronze in the C4 particular person pursuit against Canada’s Keely Shaw, with Petricola tackling USA’s Shawn Morelli for gold.

But then the commentators saved saying her as Meg Le Mon. I hope that’s perfect their error. Because, mate. Whereas you like to own to train it like that, place a sequence in it.

Lemons stand proud, acerbic, stout of zest.

Paul MacInnes

Paul MacInnes is the Guardian’s reporter at the velodrome.

“What we are seeing is just a few impossible biking here in Izu. Emily Petricola perfect grew to vary into the fifth female rider in four classifications to place a world chronicle today. The 41-year-gentle, who has multiple sclerosis, took a total six seconds off her own chronicle that she place perfect final year. 5 data in a morning is no longer standard: I asked Paige Greco and she confirmed it. The place a query to all us Brits are asking is: will Sarah Storey be next?”

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics day one: swimming, biking, wheelchair rugby and more – are living!