Thanks for joining us tonight.
We’ll be back tomorrow for more action. Here’s what’s in store:
SWIMMING – From 6pm AEST
There are 14 gold medals up for grabs. Matt Levy opens his fifth Olympic campaign with the SB6 100m breaststroke, while Rowan Crothers will be looking to make it a pair of gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle when he takes part in the two-lap race in his S10 category. Ahmed Kelly is a big chance in the SM3 150m individual medley. It’s a race where Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson will be attempting to win his maiden Paralympics medal. The mixed 4x100m freestyle relay should be a cracker too.
ATHLETICS – From 10.30am
Jaryd Clifford is the favourite in the T13 5000m final and Madison De Rozario is tipped to win a medal in the T54 5000m event. Six-time Paralympic medallist Evan O’Hanlon has his 100m final and should make the podium.
BOCCIA – 7.25pm
Australia’s big medal chance in boccia, Daniel Michel, has his first individual match against Thailand’s Somboon Chaipanich. Teammate Spencer Cotie has his opening game at the same time.
Katie Kelly is Australia’s best chance of a gold medal in her PTVI triathlon event.
Australia has a couple of big games, with the men up against Germany at 12.15pm AEST followed by the women who square off against Great Britain at 9.30pm AEST.
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY – Australia has its final against the USA at 6.30pm.
Welcome to blindfolded long jump.
These athletes with a visual impairment sprint down the runway and leap into the sand.
They have a helper who guides them but it must take some serious guts to do that, given the risk of missing the pit.
China’s Di Dongdong is in the lead at present (6.38m), ahead of American Lex Gilette (6.17m) and France’s Ronan Pallier (6.15m).
Australia doesn’t have anyone in this final.
Katja Dedekind backs up her bronze medal from last night with another third in the 400m freestyle (S13).
Dedekind has lost part of her eyesight. She finished in a time of 4:35.87, behind Ukraine’s Anna Stetsenko.
Australia now sits sixth on the swimming medal tally, with four gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.
That’s a wrap for this evening in the pool.
Tiffany Thomas Kane finishes third in the women’s 200m individual medley (SM7) in a time of 3:03.11.
It’s her fifth Paralympic medal, after winning four in Rio.
She was 7.63 seconds adrift of American Mallory Weggemann, who won the gold.
A cracking match has just finished between the USA and Great Britain, with the Americans winning 50-48.
Australia fell against Japan 57-53 earlier today but progressed as the second ranked team in their group.
Their semi-final will be on Saturday at 6.30pm AEST against the USA.
New Zealand still has to play Canada this evening.
Steelers captain Ryley Batt had this to say after the match.
“Today we were a bit too relaxed. We were very flat and not hungry enough and that’s not us. Usually Australia are a lot fiercer than that. We’d never lost at the Paralympics since 2008, so it’s a bit weird.
“We haven’t played at this intensity for two years, so this is fantastic learning for us. We have to write that game off and come into the semi-finals tomorrow.
“We’ll be a different team tomorrow, a lot sharper. We had some sharp moments in that game but we also had some pretty bad moments.”
We’re 10 finals through the program and Australia is set to add to its medal haul.
China has won a remarkable nine of 30 medals on offer tonight.
Jesse Aungles’ personal best and fourth place in the S8 100 backstroke final is about the highlight so far.
That’s all from me tonight – I’m handing things over to our man on the ground Mr Tom Decent.
He will take you through all the action tonight, and I’ll be back on decks from 11am tomorrow to take you through day four.
Catch you then!
Devastatingly – two of our Aussies have missed out on the bronze by a whisker tonight.
Australia’s Jesse Aungles finished fourth, missing out on a bronze in the men’s S8 100m backstroke, before Liam Schluter also narrowly came in fourth spot for the men’s 200m freestyle S14.
Ricky Betar came seventh alongside the same race as Schluter.
Australian swimmer Ruby Storm came seventh in the women’s 200m freestyle S14.
Lot’s of medal chances for the Aussies over the next two hours. Here’s the ones to watch.
- Men’s 100m backstroke S8 final – Jesse Aungles 6.14pm AEST
- Men’s 200m freestyle S14 final – Liam Schluter and Ricky Betar 6.28pm AEST
- Women’s 200m freestyle S14 – Ruby Storm 6.35pm AEST
- Women’s 200m IM SM7 final – Tiffany Thomas-Kane and Isabella Vincent 8pm AEST
- Men’s 400m freestyle S13 final – Braedan Jason 8.23pm AEST
- Women’s 400m freestyle S13 final – Katja Dedekind 8.33pm AEST
Some exciting Friday night action ahead with three Aussies in action in the para-table tennis tonight.
Paralympian Rebecca Julia will be taking on RPC’s world number three Alieva Maliak at 7.40pm. It marks her first quarter-finals appearance at a Para Games.
Ma Lin is on track to secure his sixth Paralympic medal heading into tonight’s quarter-finals having won all matches in Tokyo so far. She will come up against Ukraine’s world number four Lev Kats at 9pm AEST.
Rio silver medallist Sam von Einem also continues on his road to a second medal, facing up against Spanish Eduardo Cuesta Martinez. His match starts at 9.40pm AEST.