Rio On A Roll

Inside Sport - - THE NUMBERS -

The 2016 Rio Par­a­lympics (Sep 8-19) will be its usual source of in­spi­ra­tional ma­te­rial, even if South Africa’s Olympic chief tried his best to put a downer on it by sug­gest­ing the Os­car Pis­to­rius could make a come­back for 2020. It’s not quite the Par­a­lympic ideal, but hey, that’s high-level sport. In any case, plenty of good sto­ries in the nation’s Par­a­lympic team: ta­ble ten­nis Olympian Melissa Tap­per dou­bling up, ’08 wheel­chair bas­ket­baller Dy­lan Alco  re­turn­ing in wheel­chair ten­nis, leg­end Kurt Fearn­ley’s swan­song in the marathon. Per­haps the best one is Cur­tis McGrath, the former soldier who lost both his legs while serv­ing in Afghanistan in 2012. Aer his in­jury, McGrath vowed to go to the Par­a­lympics – and he did, qual­i­fy­ing in the new sport of para­ca­noe.

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