Martin breaks world record at Para Games, Alcott final postponed

Australia's largest travelling Paralympic team have headed to Tokyo and are hoping to create just as many golden moments as their Olympics counterparts just weeks ago.

Follow along for LIVE updates at the Paralympics:


Alcott's Tokyo singles final postponed

The next step of Dylan Alcott's golden slam campaign is on hold until Saturday as Tokyo's wet Tokyo weather forces changes to Paralympics scheduling.

The Australian wheelchair tennis star was supposed to play the final of the quad singles against Sam Schroder of the Netherlands on Thursday night.

But the rain and a subsequent backlog of matches have pushed back the match until Saturday morning.

Alcott has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon wheelchair titles this year and will head to New York after the Paralympics for the US Open next week.


Martin breaks world record at Para Games

Swimming sensation Will Martin has smashed his own world record in a heat to power into the Paralympics 100m butterfly S9 final.

Martin, who already holds Tokyo gold medals in the 400m freestyle S9 and the 4x100m freestyle (34 points), blitzed the field with a time of 58.14.

The 20-year-old's time was 0.14 seconds better than his previous mark set in April while fellow Australian Tim Hodge also qualified for Thursday night's final, finishing second in the heat to Martin and recording the sixth-fastest time of 1:01.58.

Martin's swim was the second world record Australia has set in the pool in Tokyo.

Martin, Ben Popham, Rowan Crothers and Matthew Levy broke the 4x100m freestyle (34 points) world record when they won gold on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Ben Hance set a Paralympic record of 57.75 seconds in his 100m backstroke S14 heat - just shy of his world record of 57.56.


McGrath's double gold hopes still alive

Curtis McGrath has lamented one of the worst races of his life but Australia's canoe sprint star is still a chance of defending his Rio gold medal in the kayak single 200m KL2.

McGrath is aiming to win two gold medals in Tokyo, hoping to successfully defend his Rio KL2 title and win the new VL3 category.

But on Thursday, McGrath finished third in his KL2 heat and instead of qualifying directly for the final will compete in Friday's semi-final.

"Difficult race for me - probably one of my worst in my life," McGrath told the Seven Network.

"I had a bit of a technical error with my rudder - (it) wasn't straight, it was drifting out of my lane and the rule is if you go out of your lane or the centre of your lane you get disqualified.

"It's better to have it happen in the heat rather than in the final so I just let it come back in and crossed the line and hoping for a good semi-final tomorrow."

McGrath' then bounced back by qualifying fastest in the VL3 category to proceed directly to that event's final.


Alcott, Davidson settle for silver in quad doubles

A lean day for Australia at the Paralympics has extended all the way to the tennis as Dylan Alcott's bid for a Tokyo tennis quad doubles gold medal fell short.

Alcott and Heath Davidson won gold at Rio 2016, but they suffered a straight-sets loss to Dutch duo Sam Schroder and Niels Vink in a rain-affected match on Wednesday.

The winning duo represent generation next in wheelchair tennis: Vink is just 18 years old, Schroder 21.

The 6-4 6-3 defeat ensured Australia failed to win a gold medal for the entire day.

Instead, Australia had to be content with two silvers and four bronzes.

Alcott and Davidson were gracious in defeat, hugging their jubilant opponents at the net.

"We got pumped tonight," Alcott said.

"No excuses - no rain, no roof closure, no me being tired - they were better than us and they deserved it.

"Our level wasn't there. Win, lose, or draw - Heath's my best mate. Medals come and go, but that friendship stays forever.

"I'm gutted and I wanted to win gold, but I'm still so proud of Heath, and I know he's proud of me."

Alcott will have a chance to earn a slice of revenge when he takes on Schroder in the quad singles final on Thursday night.


Rollers crash out to Japan in quarters

The Australian Rollers will miss the podium for a second straight Paralympics after crashing out to Japan 61-55 in the quarter-finals of the men's basketball in Tokyo.

The Rollers trailed by 10 points early in the final quarter before launching a brave fightback that cut the margin to two points with more than six minutes remaining.

Australia had an opportunity to level the scores, but the missed chance proved costly as Japan pulled away to secure the six-point win and a maiden berth in the semi-finals.

The Rollers achieved podium finishes at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics, and boast two gold medals among their rich history.

But they finished sixth at Rio, and will go away from Tokyo empty-handed as well.

Tom O'Neill-Thorne top-scored for Australia with 18 points while Bill Latham chipped in with 11.

The Rollers' poor shooting proved their undoing, with the team going at just 35 per cent accuracy from the field, in comparison to Japan's 52 per cent.

Australia made just one of its 12 three-point attempts.

Hiroaki Kozai led the way for Japan with 20 points in a haul that included two long bombs, while Reo Fujimoto chipped in with 14 points.

The loss to Japan came just two days after Australia coughed up a 20-point lead in a one-point loss to Great Britain in the group stage.

Australia will now play Turkey for fifth spot on Saturday.