Cassidy kicks off Paralympic Games for Lions

As the Paralympic Games enter the second day of competition on Friday, wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy begins his push for gold. Rio will mark the third Paralympic Games for Cassidy, who’s best finish was a fifth place showing four years ago in London over 800m .

Josh will be racing the 5000m Friday night in the first of two heats, starting at 5:04 pm eastern. He will need to finish in the top three of his heat or be among the four fastest non-qualifiers to advance to Sunday’s final.

Cassidy enters the competition with the 10th fastest time in the world in 2016 – a 10 minute 7.77 second clocking from March.

The 5000m race can be viewed live on