What to watch: Day 3

Wheelchair tennis kicks off, Brazil’s Antonio Tenorio goes for his fifth straight judoka gold and an epic night on the track features Jason Smyth and Oscar Pistorius. 01 Sep 2012
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Antonio Tenorio competing at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

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There are a total of 503 medal events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Morning: The wheelchair tennis competition kicks off as Dutch sensation Esther Vergeer and Frenchman Stephane Houdet take to the court for their singles matches. A full day’s lineup at Eton Manor is bound to attract large crowds.

At Greenwich Park, the mixed individual championship test events begin across all classifications and sailors will take to Weymouth’s waters for the first time at London 2012.

Afternoon: Track cycling continues with Great Britain’s Sarah Storey in the C4-5 time trial and the Czech Republic’s Jiri Jezek in the individual pursuit C4, and the Velodrome has already proved to attract noisy crowds after just two days of action.

Over at the ExCeL, Brazil’s Antonio Tenorio will look to win his fifth straight Paralympic gold on the judo mat in the -100kg division.

In 2009, the athlete shot to fame as the star of a documentary shown in Brazilian cinemas. The movie “B1,” named after his class, shows how Tenorio, who lost his sight at 13, became one of the most respected and successful Paralympians in Brazil.

He is already the most successful Paralympic judoka, and another top finish would just be the icing on the cake to an already stellar career.

Evening: The main focus of the night will be on the track, as Ireland’s Jason Smyth attempts to repeat as the fastest Paralympian on the planet in the 100m T13 race. Everyone will be watching the visually impaired sprinter, who set a world record in the event’s heats on Day 2 with a time of 10.54

Viewers will also get to see Oscar Pistorius and Jerome Singleton for the first time at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as they race in the 200m T44 heats, while Australia’s Evan O’Hanlon will aim for a world-record and top finish in the 100m T38 final.

It will also be the first day in the pool for British poster girl Ellie Simmonds, who will aim to medal in the 400m freestyle S6, while American Jessica Long hopes for a third gold when she races in the 100m breaststroke SB7.

Elsewhere, Russia’s Olesya Vladykina is the world-record holder in the 100m breaststroke SB8 and will try to defend her Paralympic title. Brazil’s Daniel Dias returns to the pool for the 200m freestyle S5 after having already won gold in London in the 50m freestyle.

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