What to Watch Day Seven: ParalympicsGB bid to banish basketball demons and swimmers make a splash

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Wheelchair basketball and swimming take centre stage on Day Seven of Tokyo 2020
Wheelchair basketball and swimming take centre stage on Day Seven of Tokyo 2020

British stars will tilt at a terrific Tokyo Tuesday as the Paralympic Games continue to deliver in style, writes Will Jennings.

Wheelchair basketball and swimming are hot on the midweek agenda while elsewhere, a ParalympicGB archer will be gunning to hit the Tokyo target.

With a mouthwatering quarter-final in store and no shortage of heats in the Tokyo water, here’s what to watch - or catch up on - on Day Seven of the Games.

Wheelchair basketball - women’s quarter-final - 10:15am

Britain’s wheelchair basketball team suffered bronze medal match heartbreak in Rio as they were downed by the Dutch with a podium spot looming.

So they’ll be bidding to keep their chances alive against China on Tuesday, who topped their group with an unblemished record and look the team to beat.

Britain beat Australia to battle through to the quarter-finals and with many of the 2016 squad still intact, will be hellbent on banishing those Brazilian demons this week.

Ellie Challis - SB3 50m breaststroke - 02:11am

Britain’s youngest athlete at this year’s Games will continue her Paralympic campaign in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Ellie Challis, 17, scooped a scintillating S3 50m backstroke silver on Sunday and will go again in the breaststroke - over the same distance - under 48 hours later.

Challis, from Clacton, has firmly capitalised on the Games’ one-year postponement and will be targeting another spot on the Paralympic podium to extend her reputation as one of Britain’s most precocious para-sports talents.

Victoria Rumary - archery - 10:21am

A dose of mid-morning archery is also on the agenda as Victoria Rumary does battle with Brazilian Rejane Candida de Silva at 10:21am.

Rumary, from Scunthorpe, is the world No.1 in her W1 category and will be bidding to improve on her World individual bronze, and pair of European silvers, won in 2017 and 2018.

Archery’s vibrant colours and gladiatorial nature make it a fascinating sport to watch, so Rumary’s crack at glory should make for firmly intriguing viewing.

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