Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Weekend Preview (Day Four & Five)

It looks set to be huge opening weekend for our Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holders with medals up for grabs as well as places in the gold medal match in several different events.

Image: Jaryd Clifford gets ready to go for gold today in his favoured 5000m event.

VIS DAY 4 SCHEDULE

ATHLETICS
Men's T12 5000m Final (Jaryd Clifford)* 
10:40AM 


TABLE TENNIS
Women's Singles Class 10 Quarter Final (Qian Yang, Milly Tapper) 
10:40AM 
Men's Singles Class 9 Semi Final (Lin Ma) 
1:20PM
Women's Singles Class 9 Semi Final (Li Na Lei) 
1:20PM

 
ROWING
PR3 Mixed Coxed Four Repechage 1 (Al Viney) 
12:30PM 

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
Australia V Germany (Tristan Knowles, Jeremy Tyndall) 
12:15PM 
Australia V Great Britain (Bree Mellberg, Isabel Martin) 
9:30PM 

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY 
Australia V USA Semi Final (Shae Graham, Andrew Harrison, Josh Hose, Jason Lees, Ben Fawcett, Jayden Warn)  
6:30PM 

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS 
Men's Quad Wheelchair Singles (Dylan Alcott)  
FROM 4PM (CRT 1) 
Men's Quad Wheelchair Singles (Heath Davidson)  
FROM 4PM (CRT 9) 

EQUESTRIAN
Team Test To Music Grade III (Emma Booth
8:54PM 

VIS DAY 5 SCHEDULE

ROWING
PR3 Mixed Coxed Four Final A/B (Al Viney)** 
12:50PM / 11:30AM 

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
Australia V USA (Tristan Knowles, Jeremy Tyndall) 
3:45PM 
Australia V Canada (Bree Mellberg, Isabel Martin) 
9:30PM 

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY 
Australia V TBC Bronze Match / Gold Match (Shae Graham, Andrew Harrison, Josh Hose, Jason Lees, Ben Fawcett, Jayden Warn)**
3PM / 7PM 

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS 
Men's Quad Wheelchair Singles (Dylan Alcott)  
Order of play available evening before
Men's Quad Wheelchair Singles (Heath Davidson)  
Order of play available evening before

ATHLETICS
Women's T35 200m Final (Isis Holt)* 
8:44PM


KEY
*  Medal Opportunity 
** Athlete Must Qualify 

 



Jaryd Clifford

Someone who should be on the top of your watch list this weekend is dual world record holder Jaryd Clifford. Clifford, who is a visually impaired athlete and competes in the T12 1500m, 5000m and Marathon events, will be heading to Tokyo with one thing on his mind – Gold. 

Supported by his guide Tim Logan, Clifford has come along way since he first made his Paralympic debut in Rio 2016 as a 17-year-old where he placed seventh in the 1500m and 5000m. 

In 2019, Clifford became a dual world champion in the 1500m and 5000m event, before recently “accidentally” breaking the marathon world record in Sydney. Ironically, Clifford admits that his favoured event, the 5000m is the only event in which he does not hold the world record. So will Tokyo 2020 be the year that Jaryd win his first Paralympic gold medal, and hold all three world records?  

Al Viney 

Alexandra “Al” Viney was a promising young rower throughout her high school years, before a high-speed car accident caused by a drunk driver, nearly ruined her sporting ambitions. Believing her time as an elite athlete had passed, Viney was asked if she had ever considered para-sport. Unaware of this option, she sat in a boat for the first time eight years after her accident, and her rowing journey continued. 

Today, after an impressive row in the heat, her PR3 Mixed crew get set to qualify themselves into the final taking on the first Repechage at 12:30PM AEST. 

Wheelchair Tennis

Dylan Alcott will be one of the biggest names to compete at Tokyo 2020 and for good reason. Alcott is most well-known for the 21 grand slams that he has already won in his incredibly inspiring career. 

Alcott will be looking to defend his quad singles title, which fellow VIS scholarship holder Heath Davidson will try and stop. The pair will then team up in the quad doubles to ensure they defend their reigning title. 

Australian wheelchair tennis enjoyed its best Games in 2016, and with Davidson and Alcott both in fine form, could we see two VIS wheelchair tennis players on the podium in Tokyo?

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