Australia is loaded with potential medalists for the Paralympics which gets underway today in Tokyo. From Jaryd Cliford to Madison de Rozario, to Sam Harding and Eliza Ault-Connell. Check out this awesome preview by Athletics Australia…

The highly anticipated Tokyo Paralympics have arrived and the Australian Para-athletics team and fans alike are eager for the program to begin on Friday, as we preview some of the action set to take place on the track and roads.


James Turner (Iryna Dvoskina) rose to stardom with an iconic win in the 800m T36 event at the Rio Paralympic Games in world record time, but with the event removed from the program for his class, Turner has switched his focus to the 100m and 400m events – where he now also holds world records.

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Turner ran his season’s best of 12.02 into a headwind earlier this year in Canberra, with the time positioning as the world leader in the 100 sprint in Tokyo, and his 52.10 in the 400m is nearly two seconds ahead of current world number 2, William Stedman of New Zealand.

It’s a credit to Turner’s versatility under the guidance of Dvoskina, with the 25-year-old able to adapt and embrace the challenge in order to be a genuine contender for gold in Tokyo.

Australia’s fastest ever Paralympian across 100m, Chad Perris (Iryna Dvoskina) has established himself as a cult figure on the Australian athletics scene after adopting the nickname the “White Tiger”, and he presents as one of Australia’s most exciting prospects at the Games in the 100m T13.

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