1631: Natalie du Toit is almost peerless when it comes to Paralympic swimming achievement. The South African is a 12-time Games medalist and 11 of those are gold. She made history by competing in the Olympic open-water swim in Beijing and has already won gold in the 100m S9 butterfly in London. I think it’s fair to say she enters tonight’s 400m freestyle final as a heavy favorite.
1636: But it won’t be Du Toit who gets the loudest roar of the night in the Aquatics Centre, that honor will be reserved for one very special 17-year-old. Ellie Simmonds has already won two gold medals at London 2012, with organizers already having to replace the roof on the Zaha Hadid designed building twice after ecstatic British fans blew it off. But Simmonds will have to go some to win gold in the 50m freestyle S6 final, where American Victoria Arlen and Tanja Groepper of Germany will start as favorites.
1645: David Weir is London born and bred and he fulfilled a dream by romping to men’s 5000m T54 gold on Sunday. The seven-time medal winner goes in another final tonight, but his rivals will be keen to restrict Weir in the 1500m meter showpiece. Weir will need to use all of his racing knowhow to complete a golden double.
1735: Make sure you stick around, but I must warn you Ellie Simmonds is far from the favorite in the women’s 50m freestyle S6 final. American Victoria Arlen, however, could take gold.
1755: The Aquatics Centre crowd erupts, that can only mean one thing. Ellie Simmonds is on the starting block for the women's S6 50m freestyle final...
1813: Natalie du Toit is ready to start the 400m freestyle S9 final, you could forgive the other seven swimmers for not even bothering to get in the pool…
1339: While we're at it, Egypt's Mohamed Eldib has just won gold in the Men's -100kg Powerlifting, setting a new world record after lifting a whopping 249kg.
Make sure to keep an eye out for Iran's Siamand Rahman in the +100kg category at 18.35 London time. He'll be hoping to be the first disabled athlete to lift 300kg.
1347: It is CLOSE at the Men's Wheelchair Basketball with Germany leading the U.S. 28-25 at half time. I always thought this sport was pretty brutal. That was until Day Seven came along...
1350: Just a little over 10 minutes until Wheelchair Basketball, aka 'Murderball,' rocks your world. It's the U.S.A versus Great Britain. Don't go anywhere.
1402: The goals come thick and fast in Wheelchair Rugby. Two minutes in and GB leads the U.S. 3-2. The head-on crashes are enough to send a JOLT THROUGH YOUR VERY BEING. And it's only going to better...
1423: Wheelchair Rugby update: "We will, we will rock you, ROCK YOU," blares the loudspeaker. We certaily will. A quick time out and GB lead U.S.A 12-11. The smashes keep on coming.
1437: It’s not just the boys that get to have all the fun. Let’s not forget this is MIXED Wheelchair Rugby. The one and only lady on the GB team is Kylie Grimes.
Kylie was left paralysed from the chest down after diving into a swimming pool and landing on her head in 2006.
Interestingly, it was a visit to her hospital by the all-male GB team which inspired her to take up the sport.
1532: Signed, sealed, delivered. Wheelchair Rugby wraps up with U.S.A defeatIng GB 56-44.
1613: But it is not just Oliviera and Pistorius who will be confident of gold in one of the Games’ blue riband events. U.S. 2008 silver medalist and reigning world champion Jerome Singleton will be out to rubber stamp his credentials over the distance, while Paralympics GB boast the world record holder in the shape of Jonnie Peacock. Singleton, Peacock and Oliveira all go in heat one at 1901 local time, what a race that promises to be. Pistorius will be the star name in heat two.
1703: As athletes of varying degrees of impairment were competing in the event, the results were decided on a points system rather than the distance athletes threw the discus. This relegated Pomazan to the silver medal position, but she stayed away from the medal ceremony in protest as China’s Wu Qing collected her gold.
A statement issued by the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee claimed Pomazan had tried to inform competition officials of the fault during last Friday’s final, but her complaints were ignored.
1712: Back to today’s events, there is a corker of a wheelchair tennis final in progress between the U.S. and Great Britain. Double gold medalist Peter Norfolk, known as “the Quadfather”, and partner Andy Lapthorne are up against American defending champions David Wagner and Nicolas Taylor in the mixed quad doubles gold medal match. Wagner and Taylor have just broken their opponents to make it 1-1 early in the deciding third set. It promises to be a tense finale.
2150: “The beast” has been unleashed and she has just dominated the women’s 800m T54 final.
Tatyana McFadden is now a double Paralympic champion after winning four silvers and two bronze medals at the previous two Games.
The American, who lived in a Russian orphanage until the age of six and spent her young years crawling as she didn’t have a wheelchair, has emerged as one of the stars of London 2012.
In a slightly under par Paralympics for the U.S., McFadden has been one of the shining lights.