And with that, I’ll leave you in the capable hands of my colleague Emma Kemp.
Goalball: And that’s it for Australia’s Belles, despite a rousing second half against the defending Paralympic champions Turkey. The Turkish celebrations are joyous as they move into the semis, but it’s the end of the road for the valiant Belles, who eventually go down 10-6. But a tremendous showing from the Australians, who not only won their first Paralympics match in 25 years at these Games, they reached the quarter-finals – a remarkable achievement.
Australia players. Photograph: Iván Alvarado/Reuters
Sitting volleyball: It’s still the preliminaries stage at Makuhari Messe Hall, and in China’s clash with Rwanda, it’s the Chinese team who are dominating the opening set. Already on the winners’ board today are Brazil, who registered a 3-1 win over Italy earlier.
Brazil clash with Italy in the sitting volleyball competition. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Goalball: Horsburgh scores her fourth for the Belles, to make it 9-5! Are Australia still in this quarter-final, with about just under four left? Another couple of quick-fire goals and they could well be.
Goalball: It looks like Turkey have scored again here but it’s ruled out as the ball landed beyond the neutral zone. Meica Horsburgh takes full advantage to find the back of the net on the penalty and instead of it being 10-3 to Turkey, it’s 9-4. That’s Horsburgh’s third of the day.
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Gold for Jenette Jansen (NED) in road cycling
Road cycling: The 53-year-old Dutchwoman crosses the line in a time of 56min 15sec to collect the gold medal – her 10th Paralympic medal, but not her 10th in cycling. She’s won six in athletics and one in wheelchair basketball, along with three now in para-cycling. Incredible really. Six seconds back, Annika Zeyan of Germany bags silver and Alicia Dana of the US, a further three seconds behind, bronze.
Jennette Jansen cycling round the Fuji International Speedway circuit. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Goalball: To some live action, and let’s check in at Makuhari Messe Hall, where Australia’s Belles are playing Turkey, who lead 7-3 with just over eight minutes remaining in the second. “Quiet please” is the regular call from the umpire – absolute silence is required in this sport, as players are blindfolded and rely on hearing the noise the ball makes.
The Belles’ story is a remarkable one – here’s my colleague Emma Kemp on it:
Wheelchair tennis: We have players on court in the tennis, and not only that we have our first results of the day – Great Britain’s Gordon Reid has roared back from a set down in his men’s singles quarter-final against Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. A bit earlier, Shingo Kunieda of host nation Japan beat Frenchman Stephane Houdet of France 7-6(7), 6-3. Australian heroes Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson are u p later on in their quad doubles gold medal match, after GB’s Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne play for bronze.
Road cycling: There’s still plenty of action on the Fiji Speedway circuit to come – indeed the women’s H5 and H1-4 races are under way – but already two golds have already been decided today: Mitch Valize will take a gold medal back home to the Netherlands after winning the men’s H5 road race, while France’s Florian Jouanny won the men’s H1-2 road race.
Boccia: Over at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Daniel Michel added a bronze to Australia’s collection with victory over Great Britain’s Scott McCowan in the men’s BC3 individual event. The Sydneysider’s victory was just the second boccia medal Australia has ever won – and the country’s first individual medal in the sport.
“I’m excited with it. The first [boccia] medal for Australia in 25 years. First ever individual medal, so it’s a massive achievement,” Michel said. “I’m super happy to respond from the adversity yesterday with the tough game. To come through in that fashion was really important to me. I’m happy I was able to pull it out.”
Daniel Michel on his way to bronze. Photograph: Bernadett Szabó/Reuters
Archery: Let’s run through some medals now, starting with the bows and arrows at Yumenoshima Park, where we have a new Olympic women’s individual W1, 15-arrow champion in the shape of China’s Minyi Chen, who beat Šárka Musilová of the Czech Republic in the gold medal match. Silver for Musilová means she goes one better than the bronze she won in Rio. Great Britain’s Victoria Rumary picked up bronze in her match against Lia Coryell of the US.
Before we recap on the day’s big medals, time first to take our daily look at the best pics from Tokyo.
Hello and welcome back. We’re past the halfway stage of these Games, but the sport is unrelenting. Here’s what’s still to come on day eight in Tokyo, courtesy of my colleague Martin Belam.
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Dundee, 13 hours for New York and 16 hours for San Francisco.
🌟If you only watch one thing: 6pm Badminton – incredibly there are still sports having their first day, and on Wednesday badminton takes a bow. Indeed it is a new sport making its Paralympics debut. There are 22 group stage matches, and overall there are 14 different competitions – including athletes in wheelchairs (WH1 & WH2), those of short stature (SS6), those with lower limb impairments (SL3-SL4) and those with upper limp impairments (SU5). The majority of the finals are on Saturday 4 September.
- 12:30pm Wheelchair basketball – the men’s competition hits the quarter-final stage: Turkey v USA in underway and will be followed by Spain v Germany, Great Britain v Canada at 6.15pm and Japan v Australia to finish the day.
- 3.05pm Boccia – there are four bronze medal play-offs and then four finals today, including one for Britain’s David Smith 🥇
- 9.30am Cycling Road – essentially there are six races on Wednesday that go off in three slots. The men’s H5 and men’s H1-2 are already done and dusted. The women’s H5 and H1-4 are in progress. The men’s H4 and men’s H3 start at 2.15pm and 2.20pm. All the road races take place on a 13.2 km circuit that starts and finishes at the Fuji International Speedway. It’s lumpy and there’s a 3.5 km climb up to the finish line. The number of laps will vary between the classes 🥇
- 1:45pm Shooting – one of the main events – the final of the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1 – has been contested, while the SH2 category is at 1.45pm 🥇
- 2pm Table tennis – Wednesday is semi-final day in the team table tennis – there are 20 (yes, 20) matches to enjoy. It means that 20 teams will be going forward to the finals – and that 20 teams today will be leaving Tokyo with a bronze medal – there are no third-place play-offs in the table tennis 🥉
- 11am Wheelchair tennis – it’s the men’s singles quarter-finals, the semi-finals in the women’s doubles, and the quads doubles has both the bronze medal play-off and the final 🥇
- 1.15pm Goalball – it is quarter-final day for the women: Turkey v Australia, Israel v Japan, China v Brazil and the US v Not Russia.
- There are also two sessions as usual for swimming (5pm) with 15 medals and athletics (7pm) with 17 medals, and the weather looks to be cooling so that the wheelchair tennis might stick to its schedule.
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