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Paralympic Breakfast: All eyes on Ireland's Michael McKillop as he aims for 4th gold medal

Meanwhile, Ellen Keane is among the other athletes due to represent Team Ireland today.

Athletics - Sainsburys International Para Challenge - Olympic Stadium Source: PA Archive/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

Ellen Keane starts things off, as she competes in the Swimming SM8 200m IM Heats at 1.56pm today. Also in swimming, Ailbhe Kelly is involved in the S8 100m FS Heats at 3.14pm. If they advance, they will compete in their finals at 9.53pm and 11.36pm respectively.

Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal take part in the Cycling Individual Pursuit B Qualifiers, with their race due to start at 2pm. They could potentially then go on to compete in the final of the event at 4.30pm.

In the PT5 Women’s TriathlonCatherine Walsh and her pilot Fran Meehan are up at 3.20pm.

Ireland Paralympic Team Announcement Swimmer Ellen Keane is in action for Team Ireland today. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

All eyes will be on Michael McKillop at 3.59pm, as he goes in search of his fourth Paralympic medal in the 1500m T37 Final.

Following her terrific run yesterdayOrla Comerford competes in the T13 100m final today at 2.57pm.

Finally, at 3.34pmDamien Vereker and Sean Hahessy are due to feature in the Cycling Individual B Kilo Final.

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The Best Of The Rest

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The men’s 5000m T54 final should be an interesting watch, with Thailand’s world champion Rawat Tana and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug the favourites to prevail. That event is due to begin at 2.18pm.

T42 200m title is another highly competitive race, with Britain’s Richard Whitehead aiming to defend his title from four years ago. That event gets underway at 11.32pm.

Britain are expected to add to their already impressive medal haul in rowing, after plenty of success in the sport at London 2012, with the first race set to begin at 1.50pm.

The T47 100m takes place at 2.45pm, with Brazil’s Yohansson Nascimento among the favourites. There was heartbreak for Nascimento four years ago as he pulled his hamstring while competing in the same event, though he still completed the race after opting to hobble to the finish line (see video above).

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