Rio Paralympics 2016: Scottish medal hopes to watch

Libby Clegg
Sprinter Libby Clegg is running in her third Paralympics
Rio Paralympic Games
Venue: Rio de Janeiro Dates: 7-18 September Time in Rio: BST -4
Coverage: Live updates, video clips, medal table, results and news alerts, catch-up service, plus commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. Television coverage on Channel 4.

Following the success of the Scottish athletes during the Rio Olympics, can the Scottish Para athletes also follow suit at the Paralympics? There are high hopes for many of the competitors, but here are just some who could shine in Brazil.

Visually impaired sprinter Libby Clegg has had an up and down season but goes in the T11 100m fresh from setting a new world record.

Clegg, who has recently been reclassified which means she must now wear a blindfold, broke the record for the 200m at the Anniversary Games in London in July. She's won silver medals at the last two Paralympics and should be among the medals this time. She also goes in 200m next week.

While Clegg is competing in her third Paralympics, Maria Lyle is making her debut. The Dunbar athlete has cerebral palsy, and at just 16 years old is already making a name for herself winning gold in the 100m and 200m at the IPC World Championships in 2014.

She told BBC Scotland: "I'm just here to enjoy myself really and to do my best. If I get a medal, I get a medal, but all I'm looking to do is enjoy it and learn from the experience."

The Rio velodrome was a happy hunting ground for Team GB during the Olympics - and visually impaired cyclist Neil Fachie is among those who could deliver for Paralympic GB.

Neil Fachie and Craig McLean
Neil Fachie and pilot Craig McLean enjoyed gold medal success at Glasgow 2014

The Aberdonian won a gold and silver at the Paralympics in London 2012. Since then Fachie has teamed up with another pilot, Pete Mitchell, and the pair have enjoyed incredible success winning world titles in the tandem B sprint and kilo three years in succession.

In the pool, Glasgow-born Andrew Mullen is a master of many trades. Since his appearance at the London Paralympics four years ago his career has gone from strength to strength, winning European and World titles in the backstroke, butterfly and freestyle.

Perseverance sums up Archer Nathan McQueen. He played rugby for Glasgow Warriors before he became wheelchair bound after a motorcycling accident. He then turned to power-lifting until a shoulder injury prevented him from continuing. He then rediscovered his talent for archery having taken an early interest in the sport as a child.

"When I took archery up as a boy, it was really just a way for me to spend time with my dad. He told BBC Scotland. ''Now, I wake up in the morning and think 'I'm in Brazil - what's going on?"

Gordon Reid
Reid was a double Wimbledon champion this year

Someone else who has had success this year is Gordon Reid, winning the singles and the doubles title at Wimbledon. Can Reid follow Andy Murray's lead - from Wimbledon champion to gold medal winner in Rio?

Medal success is definitely something judoka Sam Ingram craves. Ingram, who now calls Edinburgh home, was born with a genetic eye condition meaning he can't see colour and has no central vision. He won a bronze medal in Beijing and silver in London.

"Those medals definitely are pushing me on," he told BBC Scotland. "But I think if I'd had two fifth place finishes, I wouldn't be training any differently. Obviously I want to complete the set and obviously it would be nice. But first and foremost, I want to get to the final matches and then see what happens."

Scots in Paralympic GB
Nathan Macqueen Disability Archery Derek Rae Disability Athletics
Stephen McGuire Boccia Elizabeth Clegg Disability Athletics
Scott McCowan Boccia Stefanie Reid Disability Athletics
Joshua Rowe Boccia Joanna Butterfield Disability Athletics
Jamie McCowan Boccia Maria Lyle Disability Athletics
Kieran Steer Boccia Samantha Kinghorn Disability Athletics
Patrick Wilson Boccia Gordon Reid Disability Tennis
Gary McCowan & Linda McCowan Boccia competition partnersAndrew Mullen Para Swimming
Neil Fachie Cycling - Paralympic Scott Quin Para Swimming
Karen Darke Cycling - Paralympic Abby Kane Para Swimming
Hannah Dines Cycling - Paralympic Stephen Clegg Para Swimming
Craig McLean - Pilot (cycling)Alison Patrick Paralympic Triathlon
Samuel Ingram Judo - Visually Impaired Hazel Smith Paralympic Triathlon
Michael Yule Powerlifting Jonathan Paterson Disability football
Michael Kerr Wheelchair Rugby Martin Hickman Disability football
Robyn Love Wheelchair Basketball David Porcher Disability football

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