1642: There is only one thing left to watch, so make sure you don’t miss it! At half-time in the 7-a-side football final, Russia and Ukraine are still deadlocked at 0-0. Hopefully there will be something to cheer in the second half…
1706: We have the opening goal at the Riverbank Arena and it has gone to 2008 silver medalists Russia! Eduard Ramonov evaded the Ukraine defence and hammered his shot beyond goalkeeper Kostyantyn Symashko.
Ukraine have it all to do if they are going to defend the title they won in Beijing.
1710: Here's more on the wheelchair rugby gold medal clash between Canada and Australia.
The team from Down Under annihilated their Canadian opponents this afternoon in the last Paralympic final to be held in the Basketball Arena. It was expected to be a close match with both teams taking medal spots in the sport in recent Games.
Canada beat Beijing champions USA in the semifinals and were looking strong going into the deciding match. Australia took silver four years ago and were gunning for the top spot this time round. And they didn’t hold back -- the green and golds were a force to be reckoned with from the word “Go!”
Like a Batt out of hell, Australia’s Ryley Batt (see what I did there?) started dominating the scoreboard. For seasoned Paralympian Batt, a 23-year-old hailing from the mid north coast city of Port Macquarie, this was his third Games outing. He became the youngest Paralympic rugby player in the world at the age of 15-years at the Athens Games in 2000.
Canada tried to stay goal-for-goal but the couldn't match the speed, strength and smooth but aggressive maneuvers of the Aussies. Soon, the match got away from the North Americans.
Final score: Canada 51 – Australia 66
1822: I think it’s time to hear the final thoughts of the man, sorry, wolf, who has dominated the headlines throughout the Games.
I give you the invincible David Weir -- quadruple gold medal winner:
"It's a dream come true. Obviously I dreamed about winning all my races, but it was going to be a tough order. I just really had to dig deep.
“I did have lots of dreams about winning four gold medals but I think everyone has to dream. I knew I was capable of doing it, but I said I only wanted to win one gold medal because I didn't want to put myself under pressure.
“To tell you the truth, every race I did in that stadium I didn't feel under pressure because the crowd was just behind you even if you won or lost -- it didn't matter what position you came in they were still behind you and they still loved you."
18:35: After all the medals are handed out, here’s a look at the top five in the final medal table for the London 2012 Paralympic Games:
1. China: G – 95, S – 71, B – 65, TOTAL: 231
2. Russia: G – 36, S – 38, B – 28, TOTAL: 102
3. Great Britain: G – 34, S – 43, B – 43, TOTAL: 120
4. Ukraine: G – 32, S – 24, B – 28, TOTAL: 84
5. Australia: G – 32, S – 23, B – 30, TOTAL: 85
So how different is this medal table to four years ago I hear you ask? Well allow me to tell you.
No big change in the top spot as China dominated the Games in Beijing with a great run of medals. But they surpassed their tally in London with 231 whereas at home they only managed 211.
Russia, in the second spot, is the only newcomer to the top five. In 2008, Russia placed eighth on the final medal table with a hardware haul of 63. They’ve really outdone themselves here in London.
The host nation has seen a medal-tastic Paralympics with their athletes receiving 120 medals this time round which far surpassed the 102 they won in China four years ago. Back in Beijing, the United States came third overall with 99 medals. Unfortunately this year, the U.S. weren’t able to match their previous Paralympic swag, only earning 98 medals which narrowly pushed them out of the top five.
Ukraine and Australia have each moved one spot up the table since the last Paralympic Games with both exceeding the number of the medals previously won. Four years ago, Ukraine had won 74 while Australia had earned 79 medals.
1845: As is customary for such events, the Paralympic Games is going to get a rip-roaring send off.
Little-known British act Coldplay, you might have heard of them?, will introduce themselves to the world, while there are also rumors a couple of high-profile U.S. stars might have popped along for the ride…
All in all, it’s going to amazing. Just under two hours until lights up, so let’s take a little trip down memory lane to pass the time…
19.01:Great Britain’s golden girl on the track, Sarah Storey, romped to victory throughout these Games winning four gold medals to add to her swag. She’d previously won two para-cycling medals in Beijing. AND in what seems like another lifetime, she had won 16 medals for her Paralympic achievements in swimming.
But at London 2012 she opened the Games and won gold for the host nation on the FIRST DAY cementing her place in the ParalympicGB record books.
1911: But these Games are not all about world-record smashing and gold medal grabbing, some sporting stories are all about the taking part.
Take Houssein Omar Hassan of Djibouti, who captured the hearts of the Olympic Stadium crowd while competing in the heats of the men’s 1500m T46.
Houssein didn’t progress to the final, finishing dead last in his heat. He didn’t just finish last, he finished over seven minutes behind the race winner.
But as Houssein very slowly completed his three and three quarter laps of the track, the 80,000-strong crowd rose to their feet and roared him on.
One of the most heart-warming moments of the Games.
19:24 After years of training takes an athlete to the day of an event, their moment to shine arrives. So it can be forgiven if competitors get swept up in a sea of drama and emotions when something bad happens.
As was the case for Jody Cundy of Great Britain in the men’s individual C4-5 1km cycling time trial, when he was disqualified after it seemed a fault occurred at the starting gate and he was not awarded a restart. His trackside tantrum became the talk of the Velodrome and end-of-day coverage as he vented his anger at the judges.
1945: These Games has seen Paralympic sport receive media interest on a whole new level, helped in no small way by one South African’s Sunday night rant.
Not so long ago, Oscar Pistorius was the only amputee sprinter known around the world. That is no longer the case.
Brazil’s Alan Oliveira stunned Pistorius, millions around the world and perhaps himself by roaring to 200m T44 gold. It prompted an explosion from the “Blade Runner.”
A debate over the legality of Oliveira’s blades ensued and “bladegate” was born. More importantly, the Paralympic Games were the talk of the planet.
20.15: We are just 15 minutes away from the Closing Ceremony festivities. People are gathering in the stadium as excitement buzzes all around the venue. Are you looking forward to the world's largest party in London?
2035: We are under way with, you guessed, wind gremlins! They are attacking the protectors of the Paralympic logo – The Agitos. Hang in there guys, I’ve got a feeling it will all work out for the best…
2043: The Earl of Wessex has just entered the floor in a cross between a 1930s mobster mobile and a military vehicle used in Afghanistan. Now the British national anthem roars throughout the stadium...
2046: Rory Mackenzie, a British serviceman who lost his leg in an IED explosion, now invites us to join “The Festival of the Flame,” which celebrates how human spirit unites people from all over the world.
20.50: The chosen flag barers of each nation enter the stadium and stand in a shape of a heart which then lights up around them. A magical sight.
2056: There are men setting fire to the grass! But worry not, it’s all part of the plan (I hope). A breathtaking array of weird and wonderful reclaimed vehicles is entering the stadium. We have Clamposaurus, a metal-munching dinosaur, and an actual Time Machine (I think). There is also a car which is trying oh so desperately to be a toad…