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Jonathan Fox is focus personified before his victory in the 100m backstroke last night

Fox ensures Team GB's aquatics jinx holds no water

Cornishman leads the charge in the pool as British team enjoy memorable opening day

Tao Zheng of China celebrates winning the men’s 100m backstroke

Records fall, excitement soars – and Games are on

From Velodrome to Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Park comes alive again as Paralympians raise the bar and crowds raise the roofs

Zhang Cuiping of China wins the first gold medal of the Paralympic Games

China secure first gold medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

China's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics as the Shooting got underway at the Royal Artillery Barracks today.

Swimming: Team GB's Jonathan Fox sets new world record at the Aquatics Centre

Jonathan Fox and Sophie Pascoe both set new world records this morning as the swimming got under way at the Paralympics with some blistering racing at the Aquatics Centre.

Sarah Storey celebrates breaking the world record

Cycling: Team GB's Sarah Storey sets world record at the velodrome

Great Britain's Sarah Storey set one of four world records in the opening session of Paralympic competition at the London 2012 velodrome.

Divers set to join search for body of man missing in Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy Ewen Beaton

Police divers are set to join the hunt for a man missing after a canoeing tragedy that claimed the lives of his two young sons and a five-year-old girl.

Seven-time Paralympic gold medallist Jessica Long

Paralympic Shorts: US swimming team's secret weapon - Canadian pop

During the first week of the Olympics, the Americans hoarded the swimming medals. Ryan Lochte alone bagged five. Team USA's Paralympic swimming squad is just as formidable. To inspire seven-time Paralympic gold medallist Jessica Long to glory, Missy Franklin has sent her the playlist that set her on the way to four golds.

Rachael Latham: This is our turn to shine – in the sporting arenas and in the TV studios, too

All these athletes have stories to tell – and they put in the same effort as able-bodied athletes

Tribute paid to Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy girl Grace Mackay

The family of a five-year-old girl who died following a canoeing accident which also claimed the lives of two young brothers have paid tribute to their “beautiful angel”.

Ellie Simmonds celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 100m freestyle S6 final at the Beijing Olympics

Poster girl Ellie Simmonds thriving under pressure of expectation

After two medals in Beijing, Ellie feels no pressure as she tries for four in London

Mark Leftly: Hubris led Nadir from his Cypriot villa to 10 years in a prison cell

Polly Peck's ex-boss could have opted to live out his life in luxury with his young wife, instead he arrogantly believed he could beat £28m theft charges
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The British team has been set an ambitious target of 103 medals. Can it deliver, asks Robin Scott-Elliot

Paralympic profile: Jody Cundy, Cycling

Sir Chris Hoy might have packed his bags and left the Olympic Village, but that doesn’t mean that Team GB’s domination of the London velodrome is over. Jody Cundy MBE, 33, who clocked up 23 international swimming medals before switching to two wheels and securing two golds in Beijing, is out for more. He faces stiff competition, however, from John-Allan Butterworth, another member of the cycling team that represents, as with the Olympics, Britain’s biggest hope for gold medals.

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'If you’ve the chance to be a voice for paralympians, you have to seize the day’

Interview with Arthur Williams, sports presenter

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