Clifford, swimmers add to Aus medal haul

Australia's Jaryd Clifford has claimed an emotional men's 5000m T13 silver at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Australia's Jaryd Clifford has claimed an emotional men's 5000m T13 silver at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Jaryd Clifford's emotional silver in the men's 5000m was Saturday's Paralympic highlight but Australia's swimmers took centre stage with another haul of medals.

Australia won another eight medals - five silver and three bronze - to lift their total to 27, but didn't add to their gold tally and slipped to sixth behind Ukraine in the standings.

Clifford's gutsy run, where he broke down after just falling short to Spaniard Yassine Ouhdadi El Ataby in the men's 5000m T13 race, was one of the day's standout efforts.

The 22-year-old Melburnian, who has a visual impairment, then paid tribute to his late grandfather, who originally had tickets to the event.

"To my Pa, he had tickets to the race today but he didn't make it, he passed away a few months ago," Clifford told the Seven Network.

"Today and the next few days I'm running for him, I know he'd be proud of me, whatever the result."

Decorated Paralympian Evan O'Hanlon later claimed bronze in the men's T38 100m final - his seventh career medal.

Saturday night's action in the pool delivered five medals.

Rowan Crothers backed up his S10 50m freestyle gold from Wednesday with silver behind Maksym Krypak in the S10 100m freestyle.

Best mates Ahmed Kelly and Glenn Patterson came second and third in the 150m individual medley SM3 final, with the latter relishing his redemption after missing selection for Rio.

"I went to London, made a final, missed out on Rio, and people were saying 'give it up, you're banging your head up against a brick wall' and I just hung in there," Patterson told the Seven Network.

Veteran Matt Levy claimed his eighth career medal - at his fifth Paralympics - when he won bronze in the men's SB6 100m breaststroke.

Australia's mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14 team of Ricky Betar, Benjamin Hance, Ruby Storm and Madeleine McTernan won silver behind Great Britain.

Four table tennis athletes reached gold medal matches, with Ma Lin earning a silver medal after losing to Belgium's Laurens Devos 3-1.

The brilliant Qian Yang fought back from 2-1 down, then from 9-4 in the fifth set to beat four-time gold medallist Natalia Partyka 3-2 in the women's C10 semi-final.

Meanwhile Sam von Eimem can best his C11 Rio silver medal after fighting back from two sets down for an epic 3-2 win over defending Paralympic champion Florian van Acker.

Lina Lei edged Hungary's Alexa Szvitacs 3-2 in the women's C9 semi-final.

Meanwhile the Steelers' hopes of a gold medal three-peat was ended by the US.

The Rio and London wheelchair rugby gold medallists must beat Japan - who they lost to 24 hours earlier - on Sunday to claim bronze.

Meanwhile the Rollers have continued their unbeaten start in Paralympic men's wheelchair basketball, holding off Germany 64-53 in their pool round.

The Australians previously beat Algeria and Iran in group B - and take on reigning champions USA on Sunday, then world champions Great Britain on Monday.

In a heartwarming moment earlier on Saturday, Australia's women's goalball team sealed their first ever Paralympics victory, beating Canada 4-3.

Australian Associated Press