1425: It would be easy to imagine Esther Vergeer doesn’t feel pressure, but you would be wrong.
An emotional Vergeer broke down after winning her fourth consecutive Paralympic singles title and her 470th match in a row:
Everyone was talking about it and I just made it happen. It's what I dreamt about, thought about and did everything for."
"There was so much pressure ... (she breaks down into tears).
"Everybody expected me to win gold and that I would win but I still had to work hard, to go to training, to be at the top of my game. A lot of people forget that."
The Dutchwoman was cagey when asked about the chances of her going for a fifth gold at Rio 2016:
“First of all I'm going to enjoy this one. I'm not promising anything that I'll be here in four years.
"I don't know if I'll be going to Rio. I don't know what's going to happen in that social, private part of my life."
1453: While there is a mild lull in the gold rush, let’s have a look at what you’ve got to look forward to throughout the rest of Day Nine.
Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi looks to double his gold medal tally in around 90 minutes time. The Italian is one of the favorites ahead of the hand cycling men’s individual H 4 road race.
Hankies at the ready for 1737, Natalie du Toit bids an emotional farewell to the Paralympic Games and competitive. The South African will be looking to bow out with a 14th gold medal.
Expect drama in the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle 34 point relay at 2047, with athletes with varying degrees of impairment going head-to-head.
To close out the night we will see the “Blade Runner” in natural habitat as Oscar Pistorius goes in the heats of the men’s 400m T44.
1459: More from all-conquering wheelchair tennis heroine Esther Vergeer, who fielded questions regarding her plans for the future:
"I have been thinking about this question a lot before going into this Paralympic Games, whether to keep going or to retire.
"But I haven't made the decision yet. I like the game, so I will continue playing, but for how long I have no clue. It also depends what is going to happen at home, business opportunities, private life..."
I'm sure her fellow players are counting the days until Vergeer finally hangs up her racket.
1541: The story of Haiti’s Gaysli Leon is a tragic one. The hand cyclist, the only one from the Caribbean island, suffered spinal injuries while also losing his wife and eight children during last year’s devastating earthquake.
Leon went in the men’s individual H3 road race at Brands Hatch today, where he pulled out after the second lap of the course:
"When the others were overtaking (lapping) me, I felt a little bit mad."
But Leon had already made an impact at London 2012. He hopes his story will encourage others and change attitudes towards disability:
"I will be a big example for disabled people in my country, so that they can do better. Disabled doesn't mean that you are useless.
"Wherever you go you'll be an example, you'll be as one of the four values of the Paralympic Games - inspiration, determination, courage and equality - so you will inspire all the other people to do the same as you are doing."
"I feel very happy because I noticed that (the British fans) take me in their hearts by the way they treat me. I feel like I am in a family."
1601: “I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too
Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday, I'm in love…”
1620: A night in the pool
17.30: Australia’s most successful Paralympian of all time, Matt Cowdrey has already nabbed 12 gold medals. He’ll be racing for his THIRTEENTH in the S9 100m Freestyle.
17.37: South Africa’s Natalie du Toit will be aiming for her FOURTEENTH gold in the S9 100m Freestyle. Sadly, this will also be her last ever Paralympic race.
20.50: The Women’s 4x100m Relay. The ladies in this race will cover a range of classifications.
All London times.
1629: Lucky they'll be in the water, because it's going to be one long hot night of finals. But enough about the future. Sometimes you've just got to live in the NOW. And in just a few minutes a very special man will be taking to the track...
1650: I'll keep you updated on how that one pans out. Sit tight. They've *only* got 64kms to race through. And they're off! Leading the pack is U.S.A's Oscar Sanchez.
1712: Women's Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Update: The race for Bronze is over. Great Britain's Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shukar have beaten Thailand's Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
1730: My Aussie heart is swelling with pride already. In just a few minutes the most successful Australian Paralympian of all time, Matt Cowdrey, will be taking to the pool for the Men's S9 100m Freestyle. The 23-year-old will be racing for his THIRTEENTH gold.
Aussie Aussie Aussie GOLD GOLD GOLD
1740: Barely time to catch your breath. South Africa's Natalie du Toit has hit the pool in the S9 100m Freestyle in her bid for a FOURTEENTH Paralympic gold.
1749: Was Du Toit disappointed to finish her career on a silver? Not at all, she insists, adding: "I'm about to start another life. I want to study. But I don't really know what I'm going to do after this."
1754: It's a tough question for Olympians and Paralympians after they decide to hang up their caps/boots/javelins. You've trained your whole life for these mammoth events. But the shelf life is generally so short for a professional sportsperson.
What do you do next?
1816: Barely time to catch your breath...How am I going to eat dinner?! More importantly, U.S.A's Bill Snyder has just won his second gold in the S11 400m Freestyle.
1838: Zanardi Alert: He's done it.