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Paralympic Breakfast: 1500m final for Greta Streimikyte and the footballers take on Brazil

There’s another busy day ahead for Team Ireland in Rio.

Ireland Paralympic Team Announcement Greta Streimikyte runs in the T13 1500m final this afternoon. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Think of this slot as your balanced nutritional start to propel you through an intense sporting day ahead.

(All times are Irish, no gloating about your exotic location allowed)

Flying The Irish Flag

Sean Baldwin will aim to shoot Team Ireland towards a positive start on Day 3 at the Games. At 1.30pm, he’ll be in action Mixed R3-10m Air Rifle Prone qualifiers. Should he progress, the final will take place at 3.45pm.

After narrowly missing out on a medal in the S6 50m butterfly final last night, 14-year-old Nicole Turner — the youngest member of Team Ireland — goes in the S6 50m freestyle heats at 1.58pm. If it goes well, she’ll swim in the final at 9.50pm.

Greta Streimikyte, who broke the national record in Thursday’s heat, will run in the T3 1500m final at 3.10pm, while Orla Comerford’s T13 100m heat is scheduled for 4.02pm.

In table tennis, Rena McCarron Rooney is due to be in quarter-final action at 5.40pm and the football team will be aiming to bounce back from their opening defeat to Ukraine when they take on hosts Brazil in the 7-a-side game at 11pm.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Day 1 Ireland suffered a 6-0 defeat to Ukraine on Thursday. Source: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

The Best Of The Rest

There are a total of 48 gold medals on offer on a day when triathlon makes its Paralympic debut, with men’s events in PT1, PT2 and PT4 classes.

The course is made up of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Athletes with visual impairments are tethered to a guide during the swim and the run, with a tandem bike used for the cycle.

There are also finals in judo and powerlifting, as well as in a host of athletics and swimming disciplines.

This Should Be Good Too…

London Paralympic Games - Day 8 Sophie Pascoe Source: EMPICS Sport

Look out for New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe, who’s expected to challenge in tonight’s S10 100m backstroke final. Still only 23, Pascoe — who lost her leg below the knee in a lawnmower accident at the age of two — arrives in Rio having already won a combined total of 10 Paralympics medals at the Games in London in 2012 and Beijing in 2008.

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