Scots to follow on Day Eight of the Paralympic Games: speed queen Kinghorn guns for gold

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Kinghorn, 25, will be bidding to build on her T53 100m fifth-place finish at Rio 2016 in Tokyo
Kinghorn, 25, will be bidding to build on her T53 100m fifth-place finish at Rio 2016 in Tokyo

Scottish speedster Samantha Kinghorn guns for 100m gold on a mouthwatering Wednesday of action at the Paralympic Games, writes Will Jennings.

Melrose ace Kinghorn, 25, will hope to light up the Tokyo Olympic Stadium track in her T53 100m final while elsewhere, wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid continues the defence of his title.

With boccia also hot on the Japanese agenda, here’s your lowdown on the key Scots to look out for on Day Eight of the Games.

Samantha Kinghorn – T53 100m final – 12:37pm

Kinghorn’s tilt at 100m glory provides the perfect Wednesday lunchtime accompaniment at 12:37pm.

The two-time world champion narrowly missed out on a medal in her 800m event on Sunday – finishing fourth – so will be desperate to clamber onto the podium in her sport’s blue riband event.

Kinghorn finished fifth in the 100m at Rio 2016 but having clocked the fastest personal best in this year’s final field – 16.21s – has a cracking shot at a maiden Paralympic medal.

Gordon Reid – wheelchair tennis singles quarter-final – 3:00am

Reid has battled through a turbulent time in Tokyo to navigate his way to both a final and quarter-final in his wheelchair tennis event.

The 18-time Grand Slam winner booked his place in the doubles final alongside Alfie Hewett on Tuesday and will turn his attention to a last eight singles bout 24 hours later.

Defending champion Reid, 29, takes on Argentine Gustavo Fernandez in the early hours and will be bidding to keep his hopes of dual gold glory alive.

Scott McCowan – boccia bronze match – 2:40am

Scott McCowan will shoot for a boccia bronze medal at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre just 20 minutes before Reid’s quarter-final clash.

McCowan, 30, triumphed in the battle of the bocca brothers against Jamie on Monday and now takes on Australia’s Daniel Michel in pursuit of a memorable medal.

The Scot was unable to ascend the Paralympic podium in London and Rio and faces a stern test against Michel, who finished one place ahead of him – in 15th – in Brazil five years ago.

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