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Your daily guide to the Games: Swimming, athletics, table tennis and wheelchair basketball

Day six of the Tokyo Paralympics sees Australia try to win two gold medals in table tennis to cap a successful program. 

It is a quieter day for Australia’s swimming and athletics squads, but there are a few decent medals chances in action.

Australia also features in the men’s wheelchair basketball as the group stages wrap up.

The Tokyo Paralympics are broadcast in Australia on free-to-air TV on Channel Seven, as well as streaming platform 7Plus.

Here are some highlights to watch out for on day six. All times listed are AEST.

Swimming

Ellie Cole came fourth in the 400m freestyle S9 on day one, today she will be competing in the 100m backstroke S9 even she won in Rio. Her heat will be at 10:15am. 

Timothy Hodge and Brenden Hall will also be in the pool at 10.07am in the heats of the men’s 100m backstroke S9. 

The swimming finals session will begin at 6pm.

Athletics

Rheed McCracken will make his first appearance on the track at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Rheed McCracken (left) had a big track rivalry with Tunisia’s Walid Ktila in Rio – he hopes to get the better of him in Tokyo.(

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The Newcastle resident will push for gold in the men’s 100m T54 classification, hoping to add to the two silver and two bronze medals he won at the London and Rio Games.

He will be up against world record holder Walid Ktila of Tunisia. Their race is at 11:43am.

Australia’s Michal Burian is also a gold medal chance in the men’s javelin F64. His event is on the evening program beginning at 8pm.

Table Tennis

Australia has brought its biggest ever table tennis team to a Paralympics, and the results have been good so far.

Today there are two chances for gold for Australia.

Li Na Lei will be in action at 6:45pm, taking on China’s Guiyan Xiong for gold in the women’s class 9.

Then at 7:45pm, Qian Yang goes for gold against Brazil’s Bruna Costa Alexandre in class 10.

She made it to the decider after a big comeback in her semi-final against Poland’s Natalia Partyka. She trailed 9-4 in the fifth set before coming back with seven points in a row to clinch the match 11-9.

Wheelchair Basketball

Basketball player takes a shot with a black background.
Shaun Norris and the Rollers will be hoping to finish the preliminaries with a win against Great Britain on day six.(

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Austalia’s men’s wheelchair basketball team will finish the group stage with a tough test against Great Britain.

The British upset the United States 64-63 earlier in the competition, while Australia was trounced 66-38 by the Americans on Sunday.

The Rollers will want to finish as high in their group as possible, to avoid a tough assignment in the cross-over quarter-finals.

They are chasing a third Paralympic gold medal, after winning in Beijing (2008) and Atlanta (1996).

The game with Great Britain will begin at 6:15pm.

Australians will also be in competition in shooting, boccia equestrian, and wheelchair tennis.


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