What to watch on Day Nine of the Paralympics: Storey chasing history and canoeing makes a splash

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Evergreen Storey, 43, racked up her 15th gold medal at the Paralympic Games with a stunning performance in Izu
Evergreen Storey, 43, racked up her 15th gold medal at the Paralympic Games with a stunning performance in Izu

By Will Jennings

Sarah Storey can take a decisive step further into the Paralympic pantheon when she guns for a history-making gold medal on Day Nine at the Games.

Cycling star Storey, 43, equalled Mike Kenny’s long-standing British record of 16 golds in Tuesday’s time trial after also scorching to individual pursuit gold in world record time.

The ParalympicsGB immortal bids for road race glory at the Fuji International Speedway in the middle of the night while elsewhere, athletics and canoeing are both hot on the agenda.

The British team currently sit third in the medal table – behind China and the Russian Paralympic Committee – and as the Games reach their climax, here’s what to watch on Thursday.

Sarah Storey – Women’s C4-5 Road Race – 1:30am

Sensational Storey continues to capture hearts after her unforgettable time trial title earlier this week.

Storey, now a 27-time Paralympic medallist, beat teammate Crystal Lane-Wright on the road to draw level with Kenny’s remarkable record of 16 titles.

She now has the chance to move into a league of her own and descends on the same track – also where James Hunt beat Niki Lauda to win the 1976 Formula One World Championship – at 1:30am.

History beckons in the shadow of Mount Fuji and with Storey the defending champion, it’s well worth staying up for.

Anna Nicholson – Women’s Shot Put F35 Final – 1:30am

It’s a feast of late night viewing in Tokyo as shot put star Anna Nicholson goes for gold in the F35 final at the same time as Storey.

Storey’s tilt at Paralympic nirvana may appear the obvious viewing option but Nicholson, 26, will be eager to crash the party.

The north-east ace finished fourth at the 2019 World Championship, narrowly missed out on a medal at this year’s Europeans and will duel it out against Ukrainian world record holder Mariia Pomazan at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Charlotte Henshaw, Emma Wiggs and Laura Sugar – para-canoeing – 3:00am

Para-canoeing emerges on the Tokyo stage for the first time on Thursday and Britain boast a bulging presence at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Former swimmer Charlotte Henshaw is just one of the stars in action as she takes to the Games for the first time since switching sports in 2017.

Henshaw, 34, bagged bronze and silver in the pool in London and Rio and competes in her KL2 200m event at 3:00am before Emma Wiggs – defending champion – and Laura Sugar – a former athlete – kick off their campaigns through the night.

Dan Greaves, Harrison Walsh and Daniel Pembroke – F64 Discus and F13 Javelin finals – 11:05am/12:26pm

It’s a busy day of field finals in Tokyo and Britain are well-represented in the F64 discus and F13 javelin.

Greaves, 38, has won medals at every Games since 2000 – one gold, two silver, two bronze – while Walsh is the new kid on the block bidding to build on his third place at the European Championships.

The F13 javelin final takes place just over an hour later and with fellow Brit Daniel Pembroke hoping to emulate his European crown, there’s certainly no shortage of action to get your midweek sporting fix.

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