Paralympics 2021 LIVE updates: Tokyo fires up again with early Aussie medals expected

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Hello and welcome

Hi all, Sarah Keoghan here.

Welcome to the first day of our live Paralympics blog.

With most of Australia in lockdown, the eleven days of competition will provide a glimmering escape from our own living rooms.

It’s a huge day for our athletes today as our Australia’s 179-strong team begin their campaign. There are up to 10 medal chances in the pool, with Aussies also competing across cycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

Our athletes will be competing in 18 of the 22 sports in Tokyo, and is the largest team we’ve ever sent to an overseas Games.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the opening ceremony of the Games last night, take a look at Herald reporter Tom Decent’s recap here. 

Tom will be on the ground throughout the entire Games and will keep us up to date with the latest.

Dani Di Toro and Ryley Batt fly the Australian flag at the Paralympic opening ceremony. Credit:Getty

Let’s get things underway.

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