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Paralympic Breakfast: Mongan hopes to add to Ireland's haul - and here comes the Weirwolf

Eight Irish athletes, and the footballers, will be in action in Rio today.

Deirdre Mongan Deirdre Mongan Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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

After setting a season’s best in the 10m rifle on Saturday, Sean Baldwin moves outside for his first competition over the longer distance, the 50m Rifle 3 Positions. The R7 qualifiers begin at 1.30pm

Galway native Deirdre Mongan will hope to add to the track and field medal count when she takes her place in the Shot Put F53 Final, which gets underway at 2.03pm.

After getting their Games off to a flyer by qualifying for the finals of the 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle respectively, 14-year-old Nicole Turner and James Scully return to the pool today. Turner goes in the heats of the SM6 200m individual medley from 3.29pm while Scully is in action in the S5 50m freestyle heats from 4pm.

Ireland’s sailors get their competition underway with John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Austin O’Carroll in action in the first two races of the sonar class from 5.30pm.

Helen Kearney, who brought three medals home from London, begins her dressage competition at 6pm while at 8.15pm tonight, Ireland’s footballers play their final group game when they take on Great Britain.

The Best Of The Rest

“The Weirwolf” David Weir was one of the stars of the London Paralympics four years ago and he begins his bid for the first of five gold medals with the T54 400m at 2.12pm. It would complete a remarkable 24 hours after Weir’s fourth child, Lenny, was born to partner Emily on Sunday.

If you’re watching on Channel 4 at any point, expect to hear plenty of hype around British swimmer Ellie Simmonds. The 21-year-old is set to defend her Paralympic title in the S6 200m individual medley at 11.48pm.

This Should Be Good Too…

Today is the first day of competition in wheelchair fencing with two gold medals down for decision in the men’s individual sabre category A and B. China’s Yijun Chen took home three medals from London, including men’s sabre A gold, so expect him to go close in defending his title.

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