Swansea 2014 - What to watch on Wednesday 20 August

Day two is highlighted by39 medal events split over two sessions. 20 Aug 2014
Women doing long jump shortly before the landing

Russia's Margarita Goncharova wins the women's long jump T38 at the Swansea 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships

ⒸLuc Percival

Thirty nine medals events will be decided, with the first getting underway at 09:30.

Wednesday, the second day of competition at the IPC Athletics European Championships, offers a more varied programme and the highlight is likely to be Switzerland’s Marcel Hug going head-to-head with France’s Julien Casoli over 1,500m.

Thirty nine medals events will be decided, with the first getting underway at 09:30. Here is what to keep an eye out for:

Men’s javelin F57

The day kicks off with 2011 world champion and home favourite Nathan Stephens aiming for gold. Stephens who will have huge home support knows that to secure the European title he will have to beat Russia’s Alexey Ashapatov who is ahead of him in the rankings.

Start time: 11:15

Men’s 400m T36

After winning gold in Tuesday’s 100m, Russia’s Evgenii Shvetcov will take to the track again hoping to win a second Swansea title. Great Britain’s Paul Blake will be a contender as will Shvetcov’s teammate Andrey Zhimov.

Start time: 11:48

Men’s 800m T38

After an injury affected season, Ireland’s world and Paralympic champion, Michael McKillop will be chasing his first gold medal of the Championships in the men’s 800m T38.

After suffering a trapped never in his foot, McKillop may not be in top form, but should be a certainty for gold.

Start time: 12:22

Men’s 400m T54

With David Weir pulling out of the Championships with an injury at the last minute, this race will be a straight contest between world champion Hug and the Netherlands’ London 2012 silver medallist Kenny van Weeghel. Germany’s Marc Schuh and Finland’s Leo Pekka Tahti will also ensure this is a race to remember.

Start time: 15:52

Women’s 100m T35

A new British athletics star is on the rise. Aged just 14 years of age, Maria Lyle made her international debut at February’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE, and weeks later smashed the 100m world record. This is her first time in a British vest and not only is she one to watch for Swansea 2014, but most likely Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020!

Start time: 16:49

Women’s 100m T12

After winning Scotland’s first Commonwealth track and field gold for 20 years at Glasgow 2014, Great Britain’s Libby Clegg (Guide: Mikail Huggins) will be even more determined to retain her European title. However, after seeing her European record broken by Ukraine's Oxana Boturchuk in the semi-finals, she knows she will have to be on top form.

Start time: 17:05

Men’s 1,500m T54

World champion and world record holder Hug will start as favourite over this distance, but France's Julien Casoli believes he has a chance of beating the Hug. He finished in fourth place in the 800m - just behind Hug and Weir - at the ParAthletics IPC Grand Prix in Nottwil back in May and there is no doubt there could be more to come from the Frenchman.

Start time: 18:00

Women’s 5,000m T54

Two Brits – Shelly Woods and Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Jade Jones – will have to put in the performance of their lives if they are to beat Switzerland’s Manuela Schaer who will start as hot favourite.

Start time: 18:22

The morning session will start at 09:30 and the afternoon one at 15:30. Both will be shown live on the official event website which will also feature live results and biographies of every single athlete.

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