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Day 11: Sunday 9th Sept

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Day 11: Sunday 9th Sept

 

The highlight of the final day of the Paralympics comes with the four marathon events that take place through the streets of London ahead of the Closing Ceremony featuring Coldplay

 
 

Day 11 Sporting Events

Sunday 9th September

 

The first two Marathon events the men's visually impaired and arm amputee races start at 8am on The Mall. Later in the morning at 11.30am, the wheelchair marathon events start, with Britain's David Weir likely to face fierce competition from Australia's Kurt Fearnley and Switzerland's Marcel Hug. In the women's race, watch out for Team GB's Shelly Woods who is on fighting form after winning the London Marathon earlier this year. In Football 7-a-side there are the final classification and medal matches at the Riverbank Arena, while the ever-popular Mixed Wheelchair Rugby (one of the few sports in which both men and women play) medal matches take place at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park. The final gold medal game begins at 2.15pm at which favourites USA are expected to defend their title. With six teams in and around the bronze medal slot, of which Great Britain are one, they'll be hoping to take advantage of the home support to appear in today's final. In the evening, London 2012 and the Paralympic Games of the 30th Olympiad will come to a triumphant end with a colossal Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, featuring a headline appearance by soft rock superstars Coldplay who are set to perform with pop star Rihanna.

Medal events: Football 7-a-side, Athletics, Wheelchair Rugby, Paralympic Closing Ceremony

 
 
 

Non sporting events on Day 11 around London

Sunday 9th September

 

The final day of the Paralympics coincides with the second and final day of the annual Mayor's Thames Festival, a carnival of street entertainment, art installations, music and dancing all performed at various riverside locations between Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and beyond. All this fun entertainment is free and, for the grand finale, there's a colourful night procession featuring costumed performers with tambourines and whistles travelling along Victoria Embankment and via Blackfriars Bridge, culminating in a massive free fireworks display. The Bandstand Marathon will bring hundreds of outdoor concerts to a bandstand near you between 1pm and 5pm, and at 2pm bands across the country will simultaneously play Coldplay's Viva La Vida. BBC Radio 2 will be hosting a mini music festival in Hyde Park with Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and ageing British rockers Status Quo all taking to the stage. Continuing the music theme will be international pop sensation Lady Gaga, who brings her 'Born This Way Ball' to Twickenham Stadium. And BT London Live will celebrate its final day in Trafalgar Square with more live music and general euphoria. Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence team up with the Comedy Store Players for an evening of raucous laughs and Aled Jones leads five thousand voices at the annual Songs of Praise: The Big Sing at the Royal Albert Hall.