Some stars to watch
Two visually impaired athletes — Jason Smyth of Ireland and Omara Durand of Cuba — are likely to be the fastest man and woman over 100 meters.
American Tatyana McFadden is hoping to become the first track and field athlete to win seven golds at one Paralympic Games.
Seventy-four-year-old Libby Kosmala of Australia is competing in her 12th Paralympics; Jonas Jacobsson, 51, of Sweden in his 10th — both in shooting.
Siamand Rahman of Iran will try to become the first Paralympian to lift 300 kilos in powerlifting.
Zahra Nemati, who was the flagbearer for Iran in the Rio Olympics, is the first Iranian woman to win gold in either the Olympics or Paralympics — she won gold in archery in London’s Paralympics.
Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, who is seen as the Michael Phelps of the Paralympics, won four gold medals in Beijing and six in London, where he also set four world records.
American Matt Stutzman is an armless archer who holds a world record for long-distance accuracy.