- Radio Times
Tom Aggar, a 28-year-old from London, must be an intimidating opponent for the other oarsmen in the single-sculls rowing at Eton Dorney: his evident upper-body strength is one thing, but his competition record is even more imposing. Since taking up the sport after an accident in 2005 broke his spine and ended his promising rugby career, Aggar has proved unbeatable at solo, arms-only sculling, picking up gold at Beijing, several world championship titles and numerous records. He is the heavy favourite here, but insists that the competition has grown much stronger since rowing made its Paralympics debut four years ago. Jack Seale
If you thought the Brownlee brothers in the Olympic triathlon was a great sibling success story, just wait until you see swimmers Sam and Oliver Hynd, two brothers competing in the morning heats of the S8 400m freestyle. Sam (21) and Oliver (17), who both have a form of muscular dystrophy, came first and second in the Paralympic European championships last year. If all goes well in the heats, they will compete for family bragging rights once again in this evening’s final.
Other British hopefuls in the pool include first-time Paralympian Ben Proctor and European champion Heather Frederiksen, who is hoping to add to her 100m backstroke gold in Beijing by claiming victory in the S8 400m freestyle. James Gill
About this programme
Jonathan Edwards and Daraine Mulvihill introduce live coverage of the opening events on day two of the Games, featuring athletics, track cycling, swimming and rowing. The athletics schedule gets under way today at the Olympic Stadium, with Stephen Miller competing in the men's F31/32/51 club throw final, Aled Davies in the men's F42/44 shot put final and Shelly Woods in the women's T54 5,000m heats. At the Aquatics Centre, brothers Oliver and Sam Hynd take part in the men's S8 400m freestyle heats, with Heather Frederiksen, Susie Rodgers and Stephanie Millward also expected to be in action. Plus, coverage of Aileen McGlynn in the track cycling at the London Velodrome and Tom Aggar in the men's ASM single sculls rowing at Eton Dorney.
Cast and crew
- Jonathan Edwards
- Daraine Mulvihill