Paralympic Shorts: Politicians must do duty and bear boos


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After the Home Secretary Theresa May became the latest Conservative Cabinet minister to be booed by the Paralympics crowd, Games organiser Locog insist they needed the ministers as ceremony fodder: "We need over 1,000 people to present medals and flowers. Politicians will be involved." Seb Coe said politicians were used to being the "pantomime villains". He should know – he was Tory MP for Falmouth until he was booted out in 1997.

Paralympians' first refusal

To commemorate the success of Team GB's Olympians, Horse and Hound produced a 42-page souvenir edition. But Paralympics coverage in today's new issue will run to just eight pages, and our gold medal-winning para-dressage riders aren't even on the cover. Instead, the cover story centres on the annual Burghley horse trials. Paralympian rider Lee Pearson said he was "hurt and disappointed" by the magazine's decision. Editor Lucy Higginson explained: "Our Burghley stories received more than double the number of hits [online] of our Paralympic ones."

Ahamada's triumph

Move over Eric the Eel! Hassani Djae Ahamada, of the Comoros Islands, delighted the Aquatics Centre crowd yesterday in the 100m S9 freestyle. The swimmer made a false start. But encouraged by the spectators, he swam to the end of the pool to rapturous applause.

Quote of the day

"It's nice to have a celebration, but I almost feel like I don't deserve it with just a bronze medal."

Cyclist Jody Cundy isn't looking forward to his "victory" parade in his home town of Wisbech

Stat of the day

If she were a country, Team GB's triple-gold winner Sarah Storey would rank 31st in the medal table.