Another bumper weekend crowd is expected to flock to the Barra Olympic Park for the final weekend of Paralympics action on Saturday (17 September).
And there’s no doubt that many of those decked out in the colours of the host nation will be heading to the Olympic Tennis Centre to see if their heroes can claim gold in the Paralympics’ version of their national sport.
Brazil face Iran in the final of the football 5-a-side tournament having won their semi-final against China on Thursday (15 September).
They won’t find it easy against Iran, however, who sneaked past Argentina on penalties in the semis, thus denying the hosts their dream final against their arch rivals and neighbours. Argentina will instead battle it out in the bronze medal match against China.
Brazil will also be competing on the final day of the sitting volleyball competition, but they will be playing for bronze, not gold, in their match against Ukraine. The gold-medal match will be contested between the USA and China later in the evening.
There are a number of team medals to be won in the table tennis too, with China looking to add even more golds and extend its lead at the top of the overall medals table. They compete against Serbia in the women’s classes 4-5 final, against Poland in the women’s classes 6-10 final, and against Spain in the men’s tem class9-10 gold medal showdown. The other final, in the men’s classes 1-2 category, will see France take on Korea.
In the men’s wheelchair basketball, the gold medal will be contended between the USA and Spain, following the bronze-medal match which sees Great Britain take on Turkey.
And, if Friday’s final group games are anything to go by, the wheelchair rugby also promises to be an exciting affair as the four big guns of the competition battle out in the semi-finals, with the USa taking on Canada and Australia meeting Japan.
As ever there is sure to be a huge crowd at the Aquatic Centre for the final day of competition. And they will again raise the roof when home favourite Daniel Dias aims to add another medal to his Rio 2016 collection, this time in the Men’s 100m freestyle S5.
One of the best battles of the night could come in the men’s 50m freestyle S12 where fans will have the chance to catch the world’s fastest Paralympian Maksym Veraksa in action. The Ukrainian holds the world record of 22.99 seconds, set before he won gold at London 2012. Azerbaijani brothers Raman and Dzmitry Salei will attempt to catch Veraksa and may even push him to another world record.
But the place to be on Saturday might be the Olympic Stadium which will host its final day of action in the Rio 2016 Para athletics programme – and it promises to be a busy, exciting and – almost certainly – another record-breaking day.
Brazil’s world champion Daniel Silva will be looking for gold in the men’s 400m T11, as will the world’s fastest female Paralympian Omara Durand of Cuba as she takes on one lap in the T12 class. Germany’s Markus Rehm, whose jump of 8.40m at last year’s World Championships would have been good enough to win him the last three Olympic titles, goes in the men’s long jump T44. The final track event of Rio 2016 will see Marlou van Rhijn of the Netherlands aim to complete the sprint double when she goes in the 100m T44, the final track event of Rio 2016.
The final four road races of the cycling road competition will be held at Pontal, with medals up for grabs in the men’s and women’s C4-5 and B categories. And a large crowd is expected to gather at Flamengo Bay to see the final gold medal of the sailing competition decided in the One Person Keelboat (2.4 Norlin OD) category between Great Britain’s Helena Lucas and France’s Damien Seguin.