What to watch: Day 1

The first of the swimming finals takes place with no fewer than 15 medals being decided on the first day of competition.

A picture of a girl cycling Sarah Storey in action on stage four of the Tour de Freestate. © • Cyclenation

Men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball matches round off the day’s action at the North Greenwich Arena and Basketball Arena.

Morning:

After the excitement and entertainment of the Opening Ceremony, it’s straight down to business at the Royal Artillery Barracks with the first medal of the Games going to the winner of the women’s R2 10m air rifle standing SH1.

Meanwhile, the archery gets underway with Britain’s world record holder and reigning women’s individual compound Paralympic champion Danielle Brown out start the defence of her title.

At the Aquatics Centre there are plenty of swimming heats throughout the morning including the men’s 50m freestyle S5 heats featuring four-time Paralympic gold medallist Daniel Dias, and the women’s 100m butterfly S9 heats, where multiple world record holder Natalie du Toit of South Africa takes to the pool.

Afternoon:

In cycling, the qualification for the women’s individual C5 pursuit takes place at the Velodrome. British hopeful Sarah Storey will be out aiming to add to the titles she won in Beijing.

Over at Greenwich Park, the mixed team test 1b equestrian event gets underway, with reigning Paralympic champion Lee Pearson the one to watch.

The men’s sitting volleyball preliminary rounds kick off at ExCeL with Great Britain playing Russia in Pool A, whilst European Champions Bosnia & Herzogovnia take on China in Pool B.

Evening:

Goalball action continues into the evening with the USA women’s team, gold medallists in Beijing, taking on Sweden.

The first of the swimming finals takes place with no fewer than 15 medals being decided on the first day of competition in the pool, starting off with the men’s 100m backstroke S6.

 

Men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball matches round off the day’s action at the North Greenwich Arena and Basketball Arena, with the latter hosting the men’s match between Australia and South Africa. The Australians won gold in Beijing and in Atlanta in 1996, and go into the tournament as world champions after defeating France two years ago.

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