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Great Britain's goalball player Joe Dodson hails Paralympics home sport

Great Britain's Joe Dodson praises the crowds at the Paralympic Games following their support to the men's goalball team.

Great Britain's Paralympic goalball competitor Joe Dodson has paid tribute to the "great" fans that have supported the team's campaign at London 2012.

ParalympicsGB have had a mismatched tournament this summer and have recorded defeats against Lithuania, Finland and Turkey but managed to earn a draw against Sweden.

"It's been amazing," Dodson told the Lutterworth Mail. "It's a shame results haven't gone our way but we have a young team and the aim is to build up our experience for forthcoming European championships and the next games in Rio.

"The crowds have been great. It's been a lot noisier than at a normal goalball game, sometimes you can't hear the coaches at the side of the court."

The 27-year-old has admitted that he was close to quitting the Paralympic sport earlier this year.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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