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On your marks, get set, Tokyo

On your marks, get set, Tokyo


Find out how we’re rallying the nation to support ParalympicsGB at Tokyo 2020, plus discover when to watch the pick of the action with our day-by-day guide

By Virgin TV Edit

This summer, faster brings you 6,000 miles closer to ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. While our inspiring athletes have to compete in empty stadiums, we’re using the power of our lightning-fast network to help the whole country get behind the team. Ready to make some noise?


As a proud partner of ParalympicsGB, we wanted to show our athlete ambassadors that the nation is supporting them from home – so we got friends, family, fans and celebrities to send on their personal motivational messages.


Watch our launch film below


Now, we want you to share your support for ParalympicsGB. So, whether you’re on your sofa or tuning in on your commute home, head to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and use #WeAreHere to make some noise for our amazing athletes.


Channel 4’s coverage of the Games is unrivalled this year, with more than 1,300 hours of round-the-clock action – including 300 hours of coverage just on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) and More4/HD (CH 147/195) alone.


More4 will be a dedicated team sports channel for the first time, showing Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby matches. Plus, for the first time, every sport shown live will be available to watch on a special Channel 4 Paralympics microsite featuring 16 live streams.



Want more? Then don’t miss Paralympics Breakfast every day at 7.30am, hosted by Arthur Williams and Steph McGovern. Tokyo Today at 5pm, meanwhile, will feature Ade Adepitan live in the Japanese capital for daily highlights, while Claire Balding with run her eyes over the winners in Gold Rush at 7.30pm. And if you still need more, a special Paralympics edition of The Last Leg is showing every night at 10pm during the Games.


Check out our essential day-by-day ParalympicsGB highlights, shown either live on Channel 4, More4 or across the Channel 4 website. Please note: times and competitors are subject to change...


Tuesday 24 August

Opening ceremony, 11.30am

Lights, camera, action! Don’t miss the official start of the Paralympic Games, as competitors from the participating nations get their groove on at the opening ceremony. There might be no fans in attendance, but you can still be guaranteed an amazing spectacle at the National Stadium.


Day 1: Wednesday 25 August

Cycling Track: 3000m Individual Pursuit, 3am

The legend that is Dame Sarah Storey will be looking to become Britain’s most successful ever Paralympian when she takes to the track at the Izu Velodrome. With five gold medals, eight silver and three bronze to her name already, you wouldn’t put it past Storey to make history.


What else to watch:

  • Sarah Storey, Crystal Lane-Wright – 3000m Individual Pursuit Final (Track Cycling), 6.25am
  • James Ball, Steve Bate, Neil Fachie – 4000m Individual Pursuit Final (Track Cycling), 6.50am
  • Toni Shaw – 400m Freestyle S9 Final (Swimming), 9.10am
  • Jordan Catchpole, Reece Dunn, Louis Lawlor – S14 (Swimming), 10.05am
  • Jessica–Jane Applegate, Louise Fiddes – S14 100m Butterfly Final (Swimming), 10.12am
  • Eleanor Robinson – 50m Freestyle S6 Final (Swimming), 10.47am
  • Zara Mullooly – S10 50m Freestyle Final (Swimming), 11.13am
  • Suzanna Hext and Tully Kearney – 200m Freestyle S5 Final (Swimming), 12.10pm


Day 2: Thursday 26 August

Table Tennis, 10am

Whether you know him from his incredible gold-winning performance at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics, beating home-favourite Brazilian Israel Pereira Stroh and celebrating by jumping on the table. Or you remember that stunning Couple’s Choice routine from Strictly Come Dancing, Will Bayley is a ParalympicsGB superstar. Today he begins his table tennis title defence.


What else to watch:

  • Lora Fachie, Aileen McGlynn and Sophie Unwin – 1000m Time Trial Final (Track Cycling), 2am
  • Zoe Newson – -41kg Final (Powerlifting), 5am
  • Jody Cundy – 1000m Time Trial Final (Track Cycling), 6am
  • Fin Graham and Jaco van Gass – 3000m Individual Pursuit Final (Track Cycling), 8.01am
  • Suzanna Hext and Tully Kearney – 100m Freestyle S5 Final (Swimming), 09.07am
  • Eleanor Simmonds, Ellie Robinson, Maisie Summers-Newton – 200m Individual Medley Final (Swimming), 9.31am
  • Sophie Wells – Individual Test (Equestrian), 11.54am
  • Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay 20 points Final (Swimming), 12.03pm


Day 3: Friday 27 August

Paralympian Thomas Hamer

Swimming: Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 Final, 9.28am

Among the ParalympicsGB stars hoping to have a swimmingly good time (quite literally) are Jordan Catchpole, Reece Dunn, Louis Lawlor and Thomas Hamer (pictured). Hamer will be eyeing some more silverware to add to his collection after securing two silver medals in the S14 200m Freestyle and SM14 200m Individual Medley at the 2016 Games in Rio.


What else to watch:

  • Maria Lyle – 100m T35 Final (Athletics), 2.05am
  • Ali Jawad – -59kg Final (Powerlifting), 3am
  • Jaco van Gass – 1000m Time Trial Final (Track Cycling), 5.20am
  • Kadeena Cox – 500m Time Trial Final (Track Cycling), 6.38am
  • Stephen Clegg – 100m Backstroke S12 Final (Swimming), 9am
  • Hannah Russell – 100m Backstroke S12 Final (Swimming), 9.06am
  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, Louise Fiddes, Bethany Firth – 200m Freestyle S14 Final (Swimming), 9.36am      
  • Ola Abidogun – 100m Final (Athletics), 11.29am


Day 4: Saturday 28 August

Paralympian Stef Reid

Long Jump Final (Athletics), 2.41am

After winning a silver medal in the long jump T44 category in Rio five years ago, ParalympicsGB’s sensational Stef Reid will be looking to get herself back on the podium with another strong performance in Tokyo. But she could have her work cut out against current world record holder Fleur Jong of the Netherlands.


What else to watch:

  • Luke Nuttall – 1500m Final (Athletics), 2.24am
  • James Ball and Neil Fachie – 1000m Time Trial Final (Track Cycling), 3.21am
  • Lora Fachie, Aileen McGlynn and Sophie Unwin – 3000m Individual Pursuit Final (Track Cycling), 4.09am
  • Kadeena Cox, Jaco van Gass and Jody Cundy – Mixed C1-5 750m Team Sprint Final (Track Cycling), 4.34am
  • Eleanor Simmonds, Maisie Summers – Newton 100m Breaststroke SB6 Final (Swimming), 9.07am
  • Zara Mullooly – S10 100m Freestyle Final (Swimming), 9.20am
  • Thomas Young – 100m Final (Athletics), 11.34am
  • Sophie Hahn, Olivia Breen and Ali Smith – 100m Final (Athletics), 11.42am
  • Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay S14 Final (Swimming), 11.50am
  • David Weir and Daniel Sidbury – 5000m Final (Athletics), 12.20pm


Day 5: Sunday 29 August

Athletics: Men’s 100m T64 heats, 1pm

Day of rest? Not on your nelly. Get stuck in to more athletics from Tokyo, with superstar sprinter and sometime Strictly star (try saying all that three times) Jonnie Peacock among those taking to the track on another hectic day of drama. The 28-year-old Brit, who won 100m T44 gold in 2012 and 2016, begins his quest for domination in the T64 category. Go, Jonnie, go, go, go!


What else to watch:

  • Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan and Fabienne Andre – 100m Final (Athletics), 2.21am
  • Hannah Russell and Rebecca Redfern – 50m Freestyle S13 (Swimming), 2.21am
  • Benjamin Pritchard – Single Sculls Final A (Rowing), 3.10am
  • Laurence Whiteley, Lauren Rowles – Mixed Double Sculls Final A (Rowing), 3.30am
  • Conner Morrison, Scott Quinn – 100m Breaststroke SB14 Final (Swimming), 9.22am
  • Louise Fiddes – 100m Breaststroke SB14 Final (Swimming), 9.28am
  • Sabrina Fortune – Shot Put Final (Athletics), 10.17am
  • Hannah Russell and Rebecca Redfern – 50m Freestyle S13 Final (Swimming), 10.17am
  • Suzanna Hext – 100m Breaststroke SB4 Final (Swimming), 10.45am
  • GB 4x100m Freestyle relay 34pts Final (Swimming), 11.34am
  • Maria Lyle – 200m Final (Athletics), 11.37am


Day 6: Monday 30 August

Equestrian: Individual Freestyle Test, 8am

When it comes to all things equestrian, ParalympicsGB are the experts in winning medals. Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Lee Pearson and Sophie Wells have a whopping 26 golds between them – and they’ll all be literally getting back on the horse to win even more this time around.


What else to watch:

  • Kyron Duke – Shot Put Final (Athletics), 1.57am
  • Andrew Small, James Freeman and Harri Jenkins – 100m Final (Athletics), 2.45am
  • Jess Stretton and Phoebe Paterson Pine – Individual Compound Open Gold Match (Archery), 5.36am
  • Sophie Wells – Individual Freestyle Test (Equestrian), 8.14am
  • Eleanor Robinson and Grace Harvey – 50m Butterfly Final S6 (Swimming), 9.58am
  • Natasha Baker – Individual Freestyle Test (Equestrian), 10am
  • Suzanna Hext – 50m Backstroke S5 Final (Swimming), 10.25am
  • Lee Pearson – Individual Freestyle Test (Equestrian), 11.14am
  • Jonnie Peacock – 100m final (Athletics), 12.36am


Day 7: Tuesday 31 August

Paralympian Kadeena Cox

Cycling Track: Women’s C4-5 Time Trial, 12am

Not content with being a boss in athletics, Kadeena Cox is also pretty handy on a bike. So handy in fact, she took gold in the 500m time trial at the 2016 Games – and set a new world record while she was at it. One of ParalympicsGB’s brightest stars in action in Tokyo, will she rise to the challenge and add to her medal collection?


What else to watch:

  • Issy Bailey – 10m Air Pistol Finals (Shooting), 1.30am
  • Vanessa Wallace – Shot Put Final (Athletics), 2.59am
  • David Weir, Richard Chiassaro and Daniel Sidbury – 1500m Final (Athletics), 3.21am
  • Steve Bate – Time Trial (Road Cycling), 5.30am
  • Lora Fachie and Sophie Unwin – Time Trial (Road Cycling), 5.30am
  • George Peasgood – Time Trial (Road Cycling), 5.30am
  • Jaco van Gass, Ben Watson and Fin Graham – Time Trial (Road Cycling), 5.30am
  • Stephen Clegg – 100m Freestyle S12 Final (Swimming), 9.21am
  • Hannah Russell – 100m Freestyle S12 Final (Swimming), 9.27am
  • Jordan Catchpole, Reece Dunn and Louis Lawlor – 200m Individual Medley SM14 Final (Swimming), 9.34am
  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, Louise Fiddes, Bethany Firth – 200m Individual Medley SM14 Final (Swimming), 9.42am
  • Olivia Breen and Hetty Barlett – Long Jump Final (Athletics), 11am
  • Columba Blango – 400m Final (Athletics), 11.06am
  • Toni Shaw and Stephanie Millward – 100m Freestyle S9 Final (Swimming), 11.16am


Day 8: Wednesday 1 September

Wheelchair Tennis: Quad Doubles Gold Medal Match, 3am

Will Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill have made it to the final? Antony has won more than 40 singles and doubles titles, including three Super Series doubles titles – two of which he won with Lapthorne. Cotterill and Lapthorne also won the quad title together at the 2016 Doubles Masters and are also mainstays of Great World Team Cup quad teams that have won gold, silver and bronze medals in recent years. 


What else to watch:

  • Matt Skelhon – Mixed 10m Air Rifle SH1 qualifying and Final (Shooting), 1.30am
  • Zara Mullooly – 400m Freestyle S10 Heat (Swimming), 1.39am
  • James Bevis, Ryan Cockbill – Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone (Shooting), 5.45am
  • Zara Mullooly – 400m Freestyle S10 Final (Swimming), 9.21am
  • Sammi Kinghorn – 100m Final (Athletics), 12.30pm


Day 9: Thursday 2 September

Athletics: Women’s 200m T11 heats, 1.30am

The defending Olympic champion in the 200m T11 category, ParalympicsGB’s Libby Clegg will be going all out to get her hands on another gleaming gold medal five years on from her last triumph in Rio. Clegg’s performance in the 200m was notable for the fact she broke the Paralympic record.


What else to watch:

  • Issy Bailey – Mixed 25m pistol SH1 Qualification and Finals (Shooting), 12.45am
  • Anna Nicholson – Shot Put Final (Athletics), 1.30am
  • Sarah Storey and Crystal Lane-Wright – Road Race (Road Cycling), 1.30am
  • Fin Graham, Ben Watson and Jaco van Gass – Road Race (Road Cycling), 1.48am
  • Eleanor Simmonds, Maisie Summers-Newton, Grace Harvey – 400m Freestyle S6 Final (Swimming), 09.11am
  • Jordan Catchpole, Reece Dunn, Louis Lawlor – S14 100m Backstroke Final (Swimming), 10.04am
  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, Bethany Firth – S14 100m Backstroke Final (Swimming), 10.11am
  • Dan Pembroke – Javelin Final (Athletics), 11am
  • Dan Greaves and Harrison Walsh – Discus Final (Athletics), 11.02am
  • Hazel Chaisty – Individual Recurve Open Gold Match (Archery), 11.21am
  • Sammi Kinghorn – 400m Final (Athletics), 11.38am
  • Richard Chiassaro, Nathan Maguire and Daniel Sidbury – 800m Final (Athletics), 12.24pm


Day 10: Friday 3 September

Athletics: Women’s 100m T53 Final, 11am

ParalympicsGB’s track hopefuls continue their bid to create more medal moments, with sprinter Sophie Kamlish lining up in the 100m T53. Having set the world record in the T44 category in 2016 before breaking the record again in 2017, big things are expected of the 24-year-old at these Games.


What else to watch:

  • George Peasgood – Road Race (Road Cycling), 1.30am
  • Owen Miller – 1500m Final (Athletics), 2.14am
  • Hannah Taunton – 1500m Final (Athletics), 2.24am
  • Jonathan Broom-Edwards – High Jump Final (Athletics), 2.58am
  • Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker – Singles Gold Medal Match (Wheelchair Tennis), 4am
  • Lora Fachie and Sophie Unwin – Road Race (Road Cycling), 5am
  • Steve Bate – Road Race (Road Cycling), 5.18am
  • Lorraine Lambert – Women's 50m Rifle 3 Finals (Shooting), 5.30am
  • Grace Harvey – 100m Backstroke S6 Final (Swimming), 9.23am
  • Stephen Clegg – 100m Butterfly S12 Final (Swimming), 10.53am
  • Jo Butterfield – Club Throw Final (Athletics), 11.04am
  • Hollie Arnold – Javelin Throw Final (Athletics), 11.26am
  • Richard Whitehead – 200m Final (Athletics), 11.29am
  • GB 4 x 100m Universal Relay Final (Athletics), 1.43pm


Day 11: Saturday 4 September

Athletics: Shot Put Final, 11.44am

Field athlete Aled Davies is your one to watch here. With the shot put and discus his tools of choice, he’s clearly got the knack for lifting very heavy things – not least his massive medal collection, which includes shot put gold in Rio.


What else to watch:

  • Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan, Fabienne Andre – 800m Final (Athletics), 1.42am
  • Ben Rowlings and Isaac Towers – 800m Final (Athletics), 1.52am
  • Amy Truesdale and Beth Munro – Round of 16 (Taekwondo), 2am
  • Matt Bush – Round of 16 (Taekwondo), 2.15am
  • Zak Skinner – Long Jump Final (Athletics), 2.02am
  • Libby Clegg – 200m Final (Athletics), 11.22am
  • Kadeena Cox and Ali Smith – 400m Final (Athletics), 12.34pm
  • Football 5-a-side: Men’s gold medal match, 5.30pm


Day 12: Sunday 5 September

Wheelchair Basketball, 2am

The wheelchair basketball action comes to a thrilling conclusion, with both the bronze medal match and the gold medal match taking place one after the other at the Ariake Arena. The USA are the defending champions, but ParalympicsGB have a solid pedigree in the competition, winning three silver and four bronze medals since 1960.


What else to watch:

  • David Weir and JohnBoy Smith – Marathon (Athletics), 10.30pm
  • Derek Rae – Marathon (Athletics), 10.50pm                          
  • Bronze Medal Game (Men’s Wheelchair Basketball), 2am
  • Matt Skelhon – Mixed 50m Rifle Prone Finals (Shooting), 3.30am
  • Gold Medal Game (Men’s Wheelchair Basketball), 4.15am


How to watch the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on TV

Coverage of the Games starts with the opening ceremony at 11.30am on Tuesday 24 August on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141). Daily live coverage of the Games will be shown on Channel 4, with team sports showing on More4/HD (CH 147/195).

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