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Paralympic breakfast: Triumphant Team Ireland hoping to end Games on a high

Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan are among those hoping to add to the Irish side’s medal haul today.

A shot of Jason Smyth's four gold medals, as tweeted by Michael McKillop.
A shot of Jason Smyth's four gold medals, as tweeted by Michael McKillop.

EVERY MORNING, WE bring you all of the info you need to make sure you don’t miss a second of Paralympic gold.

Ireland are currently second (yes, second!) on the per capita-based medal table, which is as fine a measure as any to illustrate how phenomenal the recent accomplishments of Jason Smyth and co have been.

And yet, there’s still the possibility of even more success to come.

Read on, and learn more…

Who’s flying the flag?

Ellen Keane hopes to add to the success Ireland have already enjoyed in swimming at the Paralympics, as she performs in the 100m breaststroke SB9 heats at 9.40am this morning.

Meanwhile, Darragh McDonald, who has previously won a gold medal at these Games, hopes to emulate this success, as he competes in the 100m freestyle S6 at 9.50am. And shortly afterwards, McDonald’s international colleague, James Scully, is in the 100m freestyle S5 heats, which start at approximately 10.23am.

Finally, in cycling, Catherine Walsh & Fran Meehan feature in the individual road race B at 10.30am. They’ve already been phenomenally successful in recent days, winning not one but two medals. So it would be a fitting end to the Games from their perspective if they could complete a hat-trick today.

The same aforementioned race also includes Katie-George Dunlevy & Sandra Fitzgerald, while James Brown & Damien Shaw compete in the individual road race B at 2.30pm.

Do not miss…

Cycling

Almost everything Catherine Walsh & Fran Meehan have done so far at these Games has been pretty special. Their race this morning at 10.30am is likely to be no exception.

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Athletics

Can the embattled Oscar Pistorius overcome his recent problems and retain the 400m crown? Tune in at approximately 9.57pm to find out.

Swimming

Team GB’s Ellie Simmonds attempts to continue her recent success in the 100m freestyle event, though she faces stiff competition in the form of the USA’s Victoria Arlen (assuming they both qualify from their heats at 9.57am, of course).  Simmonds, who has dwarfism, is hoping to claim a third gold medal at these Games, and the final of her event takes place at 5.51pm.

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