Paralympic shorts: Cameron lauded for his 'gold-medal' performance


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There were mixed fortunes for the upper echelons of the Coalition Government at the Paralympics yesterday.

Jeremy Hunt, the newly minted Health Secretary, became the latest minister to draw the crowd's ire as he was jeered at the medal presentation for the women's cycling. An onlooker said: "Hunt just seemed to get on with it." The hostile reception will not have surprised Mr Hunt, whose colleagues Theresa May and George Osborne have already been booed. But David Cameron was received more warmly at a Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PIP) event. "David Cameron is an inspiration to these potential Paralympic athletes," PIP director Ali Oliver gushed. "The Prime Minister is a gold-medal winner. He is the ultimate performer in the political world."

The competition never ends

Eleven-time gold medallist Sarah Storey is perhaps the most competitive person alive. She described her attempt at winning four golds on one Games as "the mission" and often appeared less keen on celebrating her victories than checking her times against the men. But having finished all of her races, did she pop open the Champagne? "I just got my house in order and got some housekeeping done before I could let it sink in," she said. So that's a no. "The medals lay on the bed, all in a line, for me to glance at while I was moving clothes around," she said.

Serving in closing ceremony

British servicemen wounded in Afghanistan will take a leading role in the closing ceremony on Sunday. Up to 30 recovering soldiers will be part of the 2,000-strong cast and have already helped the artistic director Kim Gavin in devising parts of the show.

Stat of the day

700 Team GB competitors, including Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, will take part in a parade through London on Monday.