London Paralympics diary: News nuggets from the Games

The Paralympics got under way on Thursday, the start of 11 days of sporting action. But what else is going on in the world of all things Paralympic?

See what has caught our eye on the opening day.


Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete on the track in the Olympics, has been immortalised in comic form.

The South African sprinter, who will compete in the T44 classification 100m, 200m and 400m as well as the T42/T46 4x100m at the Paralympics, appears as character on the front page of The Beano.

And 'Victorius', as he will be called, stars in an adventure with Dennis the Menace and Gnasher in the latest edition of the famous comic.

An amused Pistorius has tweeted his appreciation: "Haha. Like it!"

Beano editor Mike Stirling said: "When people told Oscar he couldn't be an athlete due to his disability, he ignored them and, in that respect, he's just like Dennis, who never does as he is told.

"It was an easy decision to choose Oscar to appear as our cover star because, like Dennis, Oscar is an inspiration to our readers by making the most of every opportunity and by ignoring those who say 'You can't do that'."


A peak audience of 11.2 million watched Channel 4's broadcast of the Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Wednesday.

An average 7.7 million tuned in to see the four-hour show, which featured appearances from Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Channel 4 said the ceremony gave the broadcaster its biggest audience for more than 10 years.

The Beijing Paralympic Games opening ceremony attracted an average 2.2 million viewers on BBC One in 2008.