2058: It's true. Wheelchair basketball is INTENSE. It's hard to tear your eyes away from these guys. I'm a sucker for brutality on the court. And I think I've found my new favorite Paralympic sport.
2113: Interesting fact of the day: Rwanda is taking part in its first ever Paralympic team event... They don't do things by halves. They'll be facing defending champions Iran in the men's sitting volleyball.
2119: I know 'nailbiting' is a sporting cliche...But did you SEE that Germany/Great Britain men's wheelchair basketball match? Germany snuck in at the end with a 77-72 win in extra-time.
Man of the match was undoubtedly Germany's Dirk Passiwan who scored 26 points alone.
2136: And the medal tally so far looks like this:
China: 6 gold, 15 in total
Australia: 3 gold, 9 in total
GB: 2 gold, 7 in total
Ukraine: 2 gold, 8 in total
Germany: 2 gold, 6 in total
2142: Men's Sitting Volleyball update:
Remember I mentioned before this was Rwanda's first team event at the Paralympics? Well, it's not looking great at the moment. Iran is thrashing them 2-0 sets in this premliminary match.
2207: Oh Bill. It’s true. I’ve got to stop betting embarrassing uniforms (and money) on the Aussies. But this time, with Australia nudging ahead of GB by two goals in the medal tally, maybe things will be different?
Or perhaps I should just move to China. They look unstoppable these Games.
2217: Men's Sitting Volleyball update:
Iran has beaten Rwanda 3-0 sets in the preliminary round. Defending champs Iran will now play Brazil in the next round on September 3.
2227: Day One. We did it. Well the Paralympians did it and we watched. And blogged. And tweeted. But we were ALL IN IT TOGETHER right?
Take a bow today’s gold medalists:
1.) China’s Sini Zeng in the Women’s Individual C1-2-3 Pursuit
2.) Australia’s Susan Powell in the Women’s Individual C4 Pursuit
3.) Great Britain’s Sarah Storey in the Women's Individual C5 Pursuit
4.) Australia’s Kieran Modra in Men's Individual B Pursuit
5.) China’s Zhang Yu Li in Men's Individual C1-2-3 1km Time Trial
6.) Azerbaijan’s Ramin Ibrahimov in Men's Judo -60 kg
7.) Ukraine’s Davyd Khorava in Men's Judo -66 kg
8.) Germany’s Ramona Brussig in Women’s Judo -52 kg
9.) Germany’s Carmen Brussig in Women’s Judo -48 kg
10.) Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan in Men's Powerlifting -48 kg
11.) Turkey’s Nazmiye Muslu in Women’s Powerlifting -40 kg
12.) China’s Cuiping Zhang in Women's R2-10m Air Rifle Standing-SH1
13.) South Korea’s Seakyun Park in Men's P1-10m Air Pistol-SH1
14.) China’s Tao Zheng in Men's 100m Backstroke - S6
15.) China’s Dong Lu in Women's 100m Backstroke - S6
16.) Russia’s Sergey Punko in Men's 400m Freestyle - S12
17.) Russia’s Oxana Savchenko in Women's 400m Freestyle - S12
18.) France’s Charles Rozoy in Men's 100m Butterfly - S8
19.) United States’s Jessica Long in Women's 100m Butterfly - S8
20.) Great Britain’s Jonathan Fox in Men's 100m Backstroke - S7
21.) Australia’s Jacqueline Freney in Women's 100m Backstroke - S7
22.) Hungary’s Tamas Sors in Men's 100m Butterfly - S9
23.) South Africa’s Natalie du Toit in Women's 100m Butterfly - S9
24.) Canada’s Benoit Huot in Men's 200m Ind. Medley - SM10
25.) New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe in Women's 200m Ind. Medley - SM10
26.) Brazil’s Daniel Dias in Men's 50m Freestyle - S5
27.) Ukraine’s Nataliia Prologaieva in Women's 50m Freestyle - S5
28.) China’s Jianping Du in Men's 50m Breaststroke - SB2
2235: Phew what a list. What a day. But it's not quite over yet. Here's my vote for some of the best photos from today...
2252: Hang on a second CNN's Duarte Mendonca has just told me by far the best fact of the day. Twin sisters both winning Paralympic gold on the same day in the same sport? I love it.
"German twin sisters Ramona and Carmen Brussig both won gold competing in the same sport but different categories.
Both are visually impaired, started Judo when they were nine and have been to the Paralympics before. Ramona won gold in 2004 and Carmen won her first gold today."
0917: There is no hanging around today, we are straight into the gold medal action. At 0930 we have the women’s individual B 1km time trial at the Velodrome and across the Olympic Park we have the men’s club throwing final and the women's F37/38 long jump final. Brace yourselves ladies and gentlemen, today is going to be a busy one.
0923: Last night we saw some Paralympic legends rubber stamp their legacies. Firstly, Sarah Storey dominated the field in the women's C5 3,000m individual pursuit en route to an eighth gold medal, while swimming machine Natalie du Toit won an 11th gold medal in the S9 women's 100 butterfly. Who will rise to the occasion today?
0932: The heats of the men’s S8 400m freestyle are under way in the pool. Britain’s Sam Hynd, the defending champion from Beijing, goes in the first heat. He is among the favorites for gold this time around, although his younger brother Oliver Hynd will also fancy his chances of taking the title.
0949: In the velodrome, the women’s individual B 1km time trial is in full swing. The race is for visually-impaired athletes who ride on tandem bikes with a sighted pilot. At present, Ireland’s Catherine Walsh leads with four racers left to go.
0958: A roar inside the veldrome, Britain’s world champion Lora Turnham, alongside pilot Fiona Duncan, leaps to the top of the leaderboard and into gold medal position. Three pairings left to go.
1005: Aileen McGlynn and pilot Helen Scott have come within a whisker of the Paralympic record to take the lead in the women’s 1km individual pursuit. The only pair left who can deny ParalympicsGB gold are Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton of Australia…
1010: The first final in the Olympic Stadium has literally swung into action. The men’s F31/32/51 club throw final has begun, with 17 men taking part. Remember, the classification codes include a letter which denotes the event, F for Field, and a number to describe impairment. The lower the number, the more impaired the athlete. More on that later...
1020: Before our next final gets under way, how about a little archery-based humor?
1048: The Olympic Stadium has exploded into life. We have not one, not two, not three, BUT FOUR field finals on the go. Everything from club throwing to shot put. Let the gold rush commence!