Alcott wins gold, keeps golden slam alive

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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:


Watson claims Aust first taekwondo medal

Janine Watson has won Australia's first Paralympic taekwondo medal, claiming bronze in the women's K44 +58kg.

Tokyo is taekwondo's debut at the Paralympics and Watson beat Ukraine's Yuliya Lypetska 63-0 in a bronze medal match.

Watson lost her round of 16 match to Morocco's Rajae Akermach 8-6.

But the Queenslander shrugged off her early loss to reel off three consecutive victories and earn a medal on debut.

Watson's round of 16 loss meant she had to go through the repechage quarter-final, where she was well on top of Turkey's Seyma Emeksiz Bacaksiz, leading 36-2 when their bout was stopped in the second of three rounds.

The 40-year-old then beat Japan's Shoko Ota 32-12 in the repechage semi-final to give herself a shot at a medal - which she ultimately claimed comprehensively.

Watson, who has multiple sclerosis, is Australia's first athlete in Para-taekwondo.


Coronavirus scare for Rollers in Tokyo

Australia's men's wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, have faced additional protocols after being identified as close contacts of a confirmed coronavirus case in Tokyo.

A player from Iran, who the Rollers faced in a Group B match on August 26, tested positive to COVID-19, with Paralympics Australia notified by Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) on August 28.

The Rollers were then informed they were close contacts by TOCOG on Friday night but cleared to play Turkey in their fifth-place playoff on Saturday.

Paralympics Australia said their medical team "remain unconcerned' given "the risk of transmission is already low, based on testing and risk-mitigation tactics to date" but would continue to consult with the Rollers' management.

None of the 12 athletes or selected team officials had returned positive coronavirus tests, having been subject to daily nasopharyngeal testing along with their already-required daily saliva tests.

The Rollers were relocated to their own level of apartments within the Australian HQ of the Paralympic Village.

They also faced restrictions on movements, including moving directly to training and competition venues; not sharing common spaces (gym/recovery/transport) with other sports, and having meals delivered to their rooms.

Daily testing and risk mitigation tactics will remain in place until the Rollers depart Tokyo.

The Rollers finished their campaign on a high note by beating Turkey 74-58, with Tristan Knowles sinking 31 points.

Three-time Olympian Brett Stibners announced his retirement post-match after four Paralympics - claiming gold in Beijing and silver in London.

Bill Latham didn't play as he had already departed Tokyo to return home for family reasons.


Cole named flagbearer for closing ceremony

Swimmer Ellie Cole will sign off on her Paralympics career in style after being named Australia's flagbearer for the Tokyo closing ceremony.

The 29-year-old became Australia's most decorated female Paralympian in Tokyo when she won a silver and bronze medal at her fourth and final Games to take her career haul to 17 medals - one more than former swimmer Priya Cooper.

"To be able to say my final farewell to our Paralympic team by representing them in what I consider to be one of the highest honours bestowed upon an athlete, it really is an honour. I'm honestly speechless," Cole said in a statement. "This moment means so much to me and will continue to mean so much to me for the rest of my life.

"It was a grind to get to Tokyo for all of the athletes and all of the staff on the team as well."


Alcott keeps golden slam alive with straight sets win

Dylan Alcott's dream of a "golden slam" is alive after the Australian won the Paralympics quad singles final against Dutchman Sam Schroder.

World No.1 Alcott edged Schroder 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 on Saturday to successfully defend his Paralympic wheelchair title from Rio.

The 30-year-old will depart Tokyo for the US Open, where he will try to make it a perfect five from five after also winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon crowns in 2021.

The singles win was sweet revenge for Alcott after he and Heath Davidson surrendered their Paralympic doubles crown to Schroder and Niels Vink.

Alcott started with a bang, breaking No.2-ranked Schroder to love to lead 2-0, but then only won one of the next six games.

Channelling Lleyton Hewitt's trademark 'C'mon', Alcott willed himself to a first-set win after trailing 3-5.

Alcott was able to break back and then consolidate before he steamed through the tiebreak to clinch the set.

With all the momentum, the second set was a mostly one-sided affair with Alcott sweeping through in 40 minutes.

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McGrath adds Para canoe gold to haul

Unstoppable sprint paddler Curtis McGrath has clinched another Paralympic gold after smashing the field in the VL3 200m on Saturday.

It was McGrath's second medal in Tokyo after also winning the men's kayak single 200m KL2 final, successfully defending his title from Rio.

The VL3 is raced in a va'a - an outrigger canoe with a single-blade paddle.

The 33-year-old again got off to a slow start on the Sea Forest Waterway course, but stormed home in the back end of the 200m to finish 1.611 seconds clear of Brazilian Giovane Vieira de Paula.

Great Britain's Stuart Wood, who set a Paralympic best time in the heat, collected bronze.


Turner wins Para silver after vexed start

James Turner has surged home to win his second 2021 Paralympic medal but was visibly annoyed it was silver rather than gold in the T36 100m final.

The 25-year-old, who earlier won gold in the 800m, was favourite for the double in Tokyo on Saturday after entering the final as world record holder and fastest qualifier.

But Malaysian athlete Mohamad Puzi, who was in the lane next to Turner, moved on the line just before the start which put the Australian off.

The unsettled field had already been re-set once.

After his poor start Turner powered through the field to land a silver behind China's Deng Peicheng in a time of 11.85, well off Turner's world mark of 11.72.

Turner slapped his thigh and shook his head in disappointment after the race.

"The guy beside me moved and it threw me off," he told Channel Seven.

"I shouldn't have let that happen. I feel I've let you all down and I'm really sorry.

"It wasn't the time I was looking for, I know I can run better than that."

The Australian camp was considering a protest over the race.