Paralympic Games
7-18 September

Rio 2016: Day four preview

Drama and excitement set across another thrilling day of sports. Who will be celebrating gold? 11 Sep 2016
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Gold medalist Daniel Dias of Brazil celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Freestyle - S5 Final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Gold medalist Daniel Dias of Brazil celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Freestyle - S5 Final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

A thrilling race is on the cards in the men’s 5,000m T54 final on Sunday (11 September).

Swiss star Marcel Hug is chasing his first Paralympic title alongside the likes of Thai world champion Rawat Tana and Australia’s experienced Kurt Fearnley.

But expect the biggest cheers when Brazil’s Petrucio Ferreira competes in the men’s 100m T47 final. Ferreira smashed the world record in Saturday’s (10 September) heats. Can the 19-year-old do it again?

Daniel Dias – another Brazilian hero – will also be roared on when he chases his fourth medal from four events. He is the defending champion in the men’s 100m breaststroke S5, as well as the world record holder – so his competitors will have to produce something special to beat him.

In powerlifting, Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike and China’s Yan Yang are both in with a great shot at gold in the women’s up to 61kg class.

Lei Liu is going for this third consecutive Paralympic gold in the men’s up to 72kg event, but Iraq’s Rasool Mohsin is expected to push him all the way.

In the women’s up to 67kg division, China’s Yujiao Tan is the strong favourite after taking silver at London 2012.

Five medal contenders are facing an anxious wait ahead of the para-equestrian dressage competition after being asked to face re-inspection on Sunday (11 September) morning.

South Africa’s Philippa Johnson-Dwyer and Denmark’s Annika Lykke Dalskov Rissum look strong in the grade III event, while Lee Pearson and Pepo Puch will battle it out in the grade Ib contest – assuming Puch’s horses passes its re-inspection.

Five women and 26 men, representing a total of 19 different countries, will all compete for the coveted P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1) shooting gold medal.

Current Paralympic champion Jianfei Li will be looking to defend his title, but faces tough competition across a talented field.

Two-time Parlaympic champion Shingo Kunieda starts the defence of his wheelchair tennis men’s singles title in an action-packed day across Rio’s courts.

Spots in the women’s singles quarter-finals and men’s doubles are also up for grabs.