Tokyo 2021 Paralympics live: Latest results and medal table
Neil and Lora Fachie led a stunning morning for Great Britain on day four of the Tokyo Paralympics as the husband and wife cyclists each claimed Paralympic gold in world-record fashion.
Scottish rider Neil and pilot Matt Rotherham finished just ahead of compatriot James Ball in the men’s B 1000m time trial, taking top spot with a time of 58.038 seconds.
Liverpool-born Lora then followed in her husband’s footsteps as she and partner Corrine Hall defeated Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy in the final of the women’s B 3000m individual pursuit in a time of 3:19.560.
That was not the end for Great Britain’s gold rush at the Izu Velodrome as Kadeena Cox Jaco Van Gass and Jody Cundy eclipsed China to win the mixed C1-5 team sprint.
They crossed the line in 47.579 secs, just over a tenth of a second ahead of the Chinese team, with Spain taking bronze.
In addition to the trio of GB golds and silver for Ball, there was also a bronze for Sophie Unwin, who clinched third place behind Lora Fachie and Dunlevy in a time of 3:23.446.
Elsewhere, table tennis player Paul Karabardak and powerlifter Micky Yule each won bronze.
Relive all the latest from Tokyo:
Paralympics 2021: Who is Team USA wheelchair rugby star who carried flag?
His Japanese great-grandparents and grandparents were imprisoned in an American World War II internment camp and now he has carried the flag for Team USA at the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in Tokyo.
Chuck Aoki, who captains the wheelchair rugby team, was born in Minneapolis with hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy, a rare genetic disorder that means he has no feeling in his hands or feet.
Chuck Aoki has rare genetic disorder that gives him no feeling in hands or feet
Tokyo is first city to host Paralympics on two occassions
Japanese capital hosted the games in 1964, when 378 athletes from 21 countries competed in nine sports.
In 2021, more than 4000 athletes from 162 countries will compete in 22 sports.
Paralympics 2021: Who is the Purple Heart veteran who carried the US flag?
She is a former US Army lieutenant who became the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War and was a flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
Melissa Stockwell, 41, received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for her military service, and now has her sights set on giving her all in Tokyo.
Melissa Stockwell was injured by 2004 roadside bomb explosion
Wheelchair rugby kicks off on day one of competition
The sport was popularised by the 2005 documentary Murderball, and sees four preliminary matches.
Team USA, captained by Chuck Aoki, is looking to win its first Paralympic gold since 2008, and takes on New Zealand in its opening match.
Australia, the two-time defending champions start their campaign against Denmark, while Great Britain plays Canada, and reigning world champions Japan take on France.
Swimming heats get underway in Tokyo
Natalie Sims of Team United States looks on following her Women’s 400m Freestyle – S9 heat on day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at on August 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Paralympics 2021: Who is the Team USA star born in Ukraine after Chernobyl disaster?
She is the Team USA star who was given up for adoption after her birth in the Ukraine three years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and now is aiming for a medal in Tokyo.
Oksana Masters was born with defects linked to the radiation poisoning caused by the 1986 accident, with her legs missing weight-bearing bones.
Oksana Masters competing in fifth games months after unexpected leg operation
Joe Biden wishes Team USA good luck
The president posted his message to the American athletes on Instagram as the first day of competition got underway.
“Good luck to all the US Paralympic athletes competing in Tokyo. Your resilience, talent, and determination serve as an inspiration to us all,” he said.
Paralympics: Who is the world’s fastest blind athlete?
David Brown began running at the age of five, but lost his sight to Kawasaki disease by the age of 13. He is the fastest blind athlete in history and holds world records at 100m and 200m.
The 28-year-old grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, before moving to St Louis to attend the Missouri School of the Blind, and it was there that he discovered his sprinting ability and he has not slowed down since.
David Brown lost sight at 13 but discovered sprinting talent at high school
Paralympics 2021: Who is the former US navy bomb disposal expert competing in paratriathlon?
He is a retired US navy bomb disposal expert who was totally blinded after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
But within a year Brad Snyder had become a Paralympic athlete and won three medals in the pool at London 2012.
Brad Snyder lost eyes in 2011 explosion in Afghanistan
What is boccia at the Tokyo Paralympics? The rules explained
One of the most distinctive and tense sports set to take place at the Paralympic Games in Japan is boccia, an event, like goalball, with no Olympic equivalent.
A tactical target sport akin to bowls or petanque, the game traces its roots all the way back to Ancient Greece and Egypt and is thought to be one of the oldest ever played by humans.
Joe Sommerlad has the story.
Rio gold medallist David Smith leading ParalympicsGB in ancient game of strategy and precision