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Paralympic Breakfast: O'Leary out to medal after making history

There’s also Irish involvement in cycling, sailing, swimming and athletics in Rio today.

Irish canoeist Patrick O'Leary.
Irish canoeist Patrick O'Leary.
Image: 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

Ellen Keane is first up in the pool, where she takes part in the S9 100m Butterfly Heats at 1.37pm in the hope of making the final (9.36pm), followed by Nicole Turner in the SB6 100m Breastroke Heats at 1.55pm (that final is 9.50pm).

Next up is Orla Barry in the F57 Discus Final (2.05pm) and Paul Keogan then looks to progress from the T37 400m Heats at 3.45pm.

Patrick O’Leary made Irish Paralympic history by qualifying for the KL3 canoeing final yesterday, and he’ll be aiming for a medal in that one at 2.10pm.

In equestrian, Helen Kearney competes in the Grade 1A Individual Championship from 4.45pm.

The Sonar sailors are out in Race 7&8 from 5.30pm, and there’s more cycling with Declan Slevin in the H3 Road Race at 6.20pm, while Niamh McCarthy features in the F41 Discus Final (9.40pm).

The Best Of The Rest

24-year-old Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn is the fastest female blade runner on the planet. The doubt amputee, a gold and silver medallist four years ago, goes in search of her first medal at these games in the T44 200m at 9.51pm.

London Paralympics Athletics Marlou van Rhijn. Source: Lefteris Pitarakis

This Should Be Good Too…

In London back in 2012, archer Zahra Nemati became became the first Iranian woman to win Olympic or Paralympic gold. She is hoping to repeat that success in the Individual Recurve from 1pm.

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Four Zahra Nemati. Source: Alessandra Tarantino

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