Live: World’s tallest Paralympic athlete on court today


Iran’s tallest man, Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, stands at a whopping 2.46 metres — but he doesn’t even need to stand to dominate the Paralympic sitting volleyball court.

He’s part of the gold-medal-defending Iranian team competing in the men’s semi-finals in Tokyo today, and there are a stack of Australians competing in cycling, athletics, wheelchair tennis and more — including Curtis McGrath, who’s also out to defend his 2016 Paralympic gold in the men’s kayak singles.

Check out all the action from day nine in Tokyo in our live blog.

Live updates


COMING UP: Australians to watch today

SHOOTING: Christopher Pitt in mixed SH1 25m pistol qualifiers from 9:45am


  • 🏅 Meg Lemon and Emily Petricola in women’s C4-5 road race from 10:30am
  • 🏅 Darren Hicks and David Nicholas in men’s C1-3 road race from 10:48am
  • 🏅 Stuart Jones in men’s T1-2 road race from 2pm
  • 🏅 Carol Coole in women’s T1-2 road race from 2:05pm 


  • William Martin, Timothy Hodge and Brenden Hall in men’s S9 100m butterfly heat from 10:39am
  • Col Pearse in men’s S10 100m backstroke heat from 10:53am
  • Jasmine Greenwood in women’s S10 100m backstroke heat from 10:57am
  • Ricky Betar and Benjamin Hance in men’s S14 100m backstroke heats from 11:05am
  • Madeleine McTernan and Ruby Storm in women’s S14 100m backstroke heats from 11:16am
  • Grant Patterson in men’s S3 50m freestyle heat from 11:49am
  • Rachael Watson on women’s S4 50m freestyle heat from 12:07am

ARCHERY: Imalia Oktrininda in women’s open 1/16 individual recurve elimination round from 11:15am


  • Caitlin Dransfield in women’s SL4 singles group stage from 12pm, and again at 7:40pm
  • Grant Manzoney in men’s WH2 singles group stage from 6:20pm


  • Susan Seipel in women’s VL2 va’a 200m singles heat from 10:45am and women’s KL2 200m kayak singles heat from 12pm
  • Curtis McGrath in men’s KL2 200m kayak singles heat from 10:55am and men’s VL3 va’a 200m singles heat from 12:30pm
  • Dylan Littlehales in men’s KL3 200m kayak singles heat from 11:05am
  • Amanda Jennings in women’s KL3 200m kayak singles heat from 12:20pm

BOCCIA: Australia vs Japan in BC3 pairs pool match from 12:25pm


  • Angela Ballard in women’s T53 400m heat from 1:10pm
  • Eliza Alut-Connell in women’s T54 400m heat from 1:42pm
  • 🏅 Vanessa Low in women’s T63 long jump final from 8pm
  • 🏅 Maria Strong in women’s F33 shot put final from 8:48pm

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS: 🏅 Dylan Alcott in quad singles gold medal match (time TBC)

Times in AEST.

By Kelsie Iorio

SHOOTING: Mixed SH1 25m pistol qualification round has begun

Australia is represented by Chris Pitt in this event — only the top eight qualify for finals and there are a lot of competitors vying for one of those spots, so no doubt this will be an intense round.

Pitt ranked fourth in this event at the Rio Paralympics with a score of 566.0, so hopefully the 56-year-old Queenslander can climb up those ranks again in Tokyo! 

By Kelsie Iorio

What is your favourite event of the paralympics Kelsie,? Mine is the wheelchair rugby.


Hello Kai.

I do love a good medal sweep in the pool, but the sports that are unique to the Paralympics have been some of my favourites. Watching the Belles in the goalball has been so cool (like surely defending those shots has to be painful?!), and I had no idea how intense boccia was until this week?!? The precision!! 

Daniel Michel snagging that boccia bronze yesterday was a great moment. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty)

By Kelsie Iorio

By Kelsie Iorio

SWIMMING: Ones to watch

Australians Will Martin, Tim Hodge and Brenden Hall are all competing in the heats of the S9 100m butterfly this morning.

Martin holds the world record for the event and Hodge is ranked third in the world.

Defending Paralympic champion and world record holder Rachael Watson will compete in the women’s S4 50m freestyle heat today too — in Rio, she became the first S4 to win a gold medal in the 50m freestyle at any Paralympic games.

That’s just some of our Aussies in the pool today — it all kicks off not long after 10:30am AEST.

By Kelsie Iorio

I know the blog closed before it finished last night, so I’ll put my comment on today’s blog. I just want to say how well Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson played last night, despite just coming up short to the incredible Dutch pair. The scoreline might not look like it, but (coming from someone who stayed up to watch it) it was a very close match and they should be very proud of themselves. Onward and upwards for Dylan Alcott in today’s gold medal match!!

-Doing more Paralympics-watching than work 🙂

A silver for Dylan and Heath is still pretty darn good I say! 

We have a full wrap of the final quad doubles match of the Tokyo Paralympics here — and yes, we will see Dylan Alcott one last time going for gold in the quad singles later on today. 

The Netherlands’ Sam Schroder and Niels Vink got the win last night. (Buda Mendes/Getty)

By Kelsie Iorio

SITTING VOLLEYBALL: Let’s just talk about Morteza Mehrzad for a sec

This is Morteza Mehrzadselakjani

How many times a day do you reckon he’s asked ‘how’s the weather up there’… (Alex Davidson/Getty)

He’s lots of things. Paralympic gold medallist, Iran’s tallest man, the tallest athlete to ever compete at a Paralympic games and an absolutely brilliant sitting volleyball player, to name a few. 

As you might have read in the blog intro, he’s 2.46m tall — he also has a highest block reach of 1.96m and highest spike reach of 2.30m, making him an absolutely formidable opponent on the court and a pretty handy teammate for Iran’s gold-medal-defending team.

I’m just going to straight-up expose myself here and confess that I am barely pushing 155cm tall, making Morteza almost a whole metre taller than me. Sheeeeesh.

The men’s sitting volleyball semi-finals are on tonight — the RPC plays Brazil at 7:30pm AEST and the Islamic Republic of Iran plays Bosnia Herzegovina from 9:30pm, so that’s when you’ll be able to see Morteza in action. Get around it. 

By Kelsie Iorio

Welcome to today’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympics live blog

Great to have you with us! We only have four days left of competition, but what an exciting four days it’s going to be.

We kick off today with medal chances in cycling and plenty of swimming heats that will surely see Australians through to finals, we have badminton and canoe sprints, there are medals at stake around the athletics track as well, and of course we absolutely cannot wait for the wheelchair tennis quad singles gold medal match later on as well.

Let us know what you’re loving in the comments and let’s watch some sport. 

Will Col Pearse snag another Paralympic medal today? (Lintao Zhang/Getty)

Check out our dedicated Paralympics page to stay across more key moments, and for information on classifications, check out our sport-by-sport guide.


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