Paralympics: The highlights of 12 packed days


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Wednesday 29 August

The opening ceremony, featuring deaf and disabled artists and more than 3,000 volunteers, begins at 20.30

Thursday 30 August - 35 gold medals available

Cycling – GB’s Sarah Storey, who has won 16 swimming and three cycling medals at Paralympics stretching back to Barcelona 1992, will aim for the C5 Individual Pursuit final at 16.50

Goalball – GB’s men take on Lithuania at 09.00 in the Copperbox; the women take on world champions China at 18.30

Swimming – Spaniard Teresa Perales, holder of seven golds among 16 medals, will swim in the S5 50m Freestyle at 20.14

Friday 31 August – 44 gold medals available

Athletics – GB’s Hannah Cockcroft, reigning double world champion, seeks glory in the T34 100m final at 20.18

Athletics – Having been on the podium at every Paralympics since 1996, GB’s Stephen Miller hopes for gold in F32 Club Throw (wheelchair shot put) at 10.05

Shooting – With 16 gold medals already, Sweden’s Jonas Jacobsson enters the Men’s R1-10m Air Rifle Standing-SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks at 12.30

Saturday 1 September - 50 gold medals available

Shooting – Britain’s Matt Skelhon, who beat Zhang Cuiping by half a point in Beijing, dreams of a repeat in the Mixed Air Profile SH1 final at the Royal Artillery Barracks at 16.00

Judo – Brazil’s Antonio Tenorio, winner of gold at the last four Paralympic games, is favourite to make it five in the -100kg final at the ExCel at 16.30

Powerlifting – Britain’s biggest hope  in the up-to-60kg category is Ali Jawad, with the finals being held at the ExCel  at 18.00

Athletics – Ireland’s partially sighted Jason Smyth, who narrowly missed qualifying for the Olympics and was described by Tyson Gay as the most gifted sprinter on the planet, will aim for gold in the T13 100m final at 20.00

Sunday 2 September - 60 gold medals available

Rowing – Defending gold medalist  Tom Aggar is Britain’s main hope in  the ASM1x single sculls, with the final  at 09.50

Athletics – Along with the 200m, GB’s Stef Reid will hope to compete in the  F44 Long Jump final at 11.00

Table Tennis – Britain’s Will Bayley, world No 1 with 10 international golds, hopes for another in the class 07 final at 17.15

Athletics – South African “Bladerunner” Oscar Pistorius should be in the T44 200m final at 21.30

Monday 3 September - 51 gold medals available

Equestrian – Winner of nine Paralympic golds Lee Pearson will be hoping for more in the IB Grade Individual  Freestyle Championship Test for Team GB, beginning at 14.15

Table Tennis – Having won gold in the class 10 singles in 2004 and 2008, Natalia Partyka from Poland – the only athlete other than Pistorius to compete at both the London Olympics and Paralympics – is hoping for a hat trick. The final at the ExCel is at 19.30

Athletics – Ireland’s 2008 800m  gold medalist Michael McKillop will  be hoping to win the T37 1500m final  at 21.02

Tuesday 4 September - 53 gold medals available

Archery – GB’s Paralympic champions Danielle Brown and John Stubbs look for more golds in the Individual Compound at Royal Artillery Barracks, with the semi-finals starting at 15.30

Boccia – GB’s team won gold at Beijing, and will be looking for a repeat in the BC1-2 team final at 17.50

Athletics – GB’s David Weir attempts to regain his T54 1500m title after winning gold in Beijing. Starts at 21.36

Wednesday 5 September - 64 gold medals available

Wheelchair Fencing – 14-year-old Gabi Down (pictured above) will be the youngest Brit at the games, competing in the category A Individual Epee at the ExCel from 09.30

Cycling – 45-year-old former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who had both legs amputated after a crash in 2001, will compete in the Men’s H4 Time Trial at Brands Hatch at 14.30

Swimming – GB brothers Ollie and  Sam Hynd will compete against each other in the SM8 200m Medley, with  the final at 17.30

Thursday 6 September - 47 gold medals available

Sailing – Israel’s Sonar sailing team, consisting of three sailors with  disabilities stemming from war  wounds, targets the final race in Weymouth at 11.00

Swimming – Brazil’s Andre Brasil, holder of eight world records, looks to win the S10 100m Freestyle final at 20.07

Athletics – Favourite Dan Greaves (pictured below) will be aiming for GB gold in the discus F44 final at 20.31

Athletics – GB’s three-time World Cup champion Ben Rushgrove will hope to go for T36 200m gold at 21.30

Friday 7 September - 48 golds available

Goalball – USA women will want a repeat of their Beijing gold in the final at 15.00

Athletics – GB’s hope Shelly Woods races in the T54 1500m at 21.29

Athletics – South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius is hoping for another gold in the T44 400m final at 22.04

Saturday 8 September - 57 golds available

Boccia – Greek silver medalist in Beijing Grigoris Polychronidis will be looking to go one better in the BC3 Individual, with finals at ExCel from 09.00

Sitting Volleyball – Iran’s men won gold in Beijing, Sydney and Atlanta and are favourites again for the finals day beginning at ExCel at 14.00

5-a-side Football – Beijing and Athens gold medallists Brazil pip Argentina as favourites for the final at the Riverbank Arena at 15.30

Wheelchair Rugby – The USA v Canada rivalry inspired the film Murderball and a real-life match-up could be in the offing in the final at 17.00

Sunday 9 September - 6 golds available

Tennis – Unbeaten in 465 matches, Holland’s Esther Vergeer is hot favourite for the women’s singles final at 12.00

Closing ceremony begins at 19.30