Three medals in the velodrome and a brilliant bronze for Micky Yule were the highlights for the Scots on Paralympics GB on Day Four– we take a look at all the action for our Scots in Tokyo and preview a day full of more medal opportunities on Sunday.
It was a dream performance from Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham in the Men’s B 1000m Time Trial as they took over a second off the World record to win gold in 58.038. It was a fourth Paralympic medal for Fachie, adding to his gold and silver from 2012 and silver from 2016. Lewis Stewart made it two Scots on the same podium as he piloted to James Ball to silver.
The medals kept coming from the velodrome as Jenny Holl expertly piloted Sophie Unwin to bronze in the Women’s B 3000m Individual Pursuit, a race won by Neil Fachie’s wife Lora and her pilot Corrine Hall.
Fourth twice for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, and sixth on his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, this time it was a podium finish for Micky Yule as he took bronze in a thrilling -72kg final. Yule’s best lift of 182kg was two kilograms better than Thongsa Marasri in fourth place but the Thai lifter pushed him hard, attempting 190kg twice but coming up short. Gold went to Bonnie Bunyau Gustin of Malaysia in a new Paralympic record of 228kg with Egypt’s Mahmoud Attia taking silver with 191kg.
After medals at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, Stef Reid was agonisingly close to adding a fourth Paralympic medal as she took fourth place in a stunningly high-quality Women’s T64 Long Jump final. Her best jump of 5.75m was just 3cm from her lifetime best, and also 3cm from a podium place. Fleur Jong took gold in a new World and Paralympic record of 6.16m, silver medallist Marie-Amelie le Fur was also past the old Paralympic record with 6.11m and Marlene van Gansewinkel took bronze with 5.78m.
Sunday sees Samantha Kinghorn and Melanie Woods take to the track for their first events of these Games. First up will be Kinghorn in the heats of the Women’s T53 800m (02:36) followed by Woods in the T54 800m (03:07). The finals are scheduled for 11.04 and 11.17 respectively.
Maria Lyle, fresh from winning bronze in the 100m, goes in the Women’s T35 200m final at 11.44.
Silver medallist from Rio, Alison Peasgood was so close to another podium finish in the Women’s PTVI Triathlon, finishing in fourth with guide Nikki Bartlett, just two seconds from bronze. Fellow Scot Hazel MacLeod was seventh as guide to Melissa Reid.
Jude Hamer and Robyn Love both played a vital role in ParalympicsGB’s 75-38 win over Australia in their fourth and final group match.
With the top four qualifying from the group the team currently sit in fourth place and must wait for the result of Australia v Canada on Sunday to see if they have a place in the quarter-finals.
Nathan Macqueen started well in his Men’s Individual Compound 1/16 Elimination match against Nail Gatin from the Russian Paralympic Committee, with the scores level after three of the five rounds. It was the Russian who pulled away however in the final two rounds to win by 4 points 142-138.
Macqueen is back in action on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the Mixed Team Compound Open where he and partner Jessica Stretton face the team from Iran (09:30). If successful, semi-finals and medal matches will follow later in the day.
Gordon Reid took a 6-2, 6-0 win over Leon Els of South Africa to progress easily into the third round of the Men’s Wheelchair Singles. He now faces ninth seed Takashi Sanada of Japan or Ho Won Im of South Korea.
Reid will also get his Men’s Doubles campaign underway with partner Alfie Hewett. The pair received a bye in the first round and will be the fifth match on Centre Court to play Austrian duo Thomas Flax and Nico Langmann (session begins 03:00).
Brothers Scott and Jamie McCowan, both drawn in Pool E of the BC3 event faced each other in their opening game with Scott taking the win 7-1. Scott now plays Stefania Ferrando of Argentina while Jamie takes on Australian Spencer Cotie with both matches starting at 03:55 on Sunday.
In the BC4 event Stephen McGuire lost his first game to Kwan Hang Wong of Hong Kong 1-4. His next match is against Shun Esaki of Japan at 08:00 on Sunday.
Conner Morrison and Scott Quin go in the heats of the Men’s SB14 Breaststroke at 01:15, with the final also on Sunday at 09:21.
Where can I watch the action?
Channel 4 is the home of Paralympic sport coverage, hosting more than 300 hours of round-the-clock coverage from Tokyo. Watch on Channel 4, More 4 or All 4, available online HERE.
How do I get involved?
Head to the Scottish Disability Sport website to learn more about participating or volunteering opportunities.