What to Watch Day Six: David Weir bids to bounce back as ParalympicsGB eye up more glory on the Tokyo track

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Evergreen Weir, 42, has racked up a bulging haul of six Paralympic titles since storming onto the scene at Athens 2004
Evergreen Weir, 42, has racked up a bulging haul of six Paralympic titles since storming onto the scene at Athens 2004

David Weir will bid to banish his T54 5000m demons when he leads ParalympicsGB’s stars into battle on Monday, writes Will Jennings.

Six-time Paralympic champion Weir finished eighth in his heat on Friday but will take to the Tokyo track once more in the 1500m at 04:51am.

Elsewhere, wheelchair tennis aces Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley are also in action while the British team boast a three-strong presence in the men’s T33 100m final.

As the Bank Holiday bonanza gets underway, here’s the lowdown on what to watch on Day Six of the Games.

David Weir – T54 1500m – 04:51am

Evergreen Weir, 42, was denied a fairytale Paralympic return as he was unable to qualify through his T54 5000m heat.

Weir quit to focus on road racing after Rio 2016 but when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, decided to return to track action and make a memorable comeback.

His primary focus in Tokyo is the marathon but you can watch him gun for a third 1500m crown – he reigned supreme in Beijing and London – in the early hours of Monday morning as he bids to bounce back from his 5000m heartbreak.

Wheelchair tennis – Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley – time TBC

ParalympicsGB’s wheelchair tennis stars have endured a rotten preparation for the Games after a member of their support staff tested positive for coronavirus last week.

None of the seven-strong team were identified as close contacts, however, meaning Hewett, Reid and Whiley can still hope to add to their glittering haul of medals in Japan.

Two-time Rio silver medallist Hewett, defending singles champion Reid and Whiley – a doubles bronze medallist in 2012 and 2016 – boast almost 50 Grand Slam titles between them and will compete at the Ariake Tennis Park throughout the morning.

T33 100m final – Andrew Small, Harri Jenkins and James Freeman – 02:33am

Britain dominate the field in the T33 100m final as Andrew Small, Harri Jenkins and James Freeman make up three of a five-man line-up.

Small banked bronze on the Brazilian track five years ago while Jenkins was crowned world and European champion across a thrilling 2018 and 2019.

Freeman is the least experienced of the trio but after finishing fourth at this year’s European Championship, will be hoping to clamber onto the Paralympic podium alongside his compatriots on Monday morning.

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