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With Pistorious gone, likes of Rehm and Baka catch the eye at Paralympics

SHINING STAR: German long jumper Markus Rehm's (above) personal best distance of 8.40m would have beaten the United States' Jeff Henderson's 8.38m when he won Olympic gold in Rio last month.

Oscar Pistorius is gone and there's been no replacement for the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympics and Olympics.

But it's probably only a matter of time. Disgraced after his conviction in the murder of his girlfriend in South Africa, Pistorius is absent in every sense from the Rio Paralympics.

New Zealander Liam Malone even smashed his 200m record on Monday, running on a similar set of carbon-fibre blades to those that "blade runner" Pistorius made so famous.

But, with athletes pushing at the boundaries of what is disabled sport and what is able-bodied sport, Pistorius' revolution certainly hasn't gone away.

The leader in the race to become the second person to shift between the Paralympics and Olympics is German long jumper Markus Rehm.

Rehm, who has one leg and wears a blade on the other, has a personal best distance of 8.40m, which would have beaten the 8.38m of the United States' Jeff Henderson when he won Olympic gold in Rio this August.

Rehm fought to be included in the Rio Games, but was rejected by the world athletics' governing body, the IAAF, on the grounds that his blade may give him an unfair advantage over someone with two legs.

He is still hoping for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

"My goal was to compete at the Olympics and I'd love to compete there even without the ranking because I'm a proper Olympian and this is my main event here," he said, after competing in the 4x100m relay in Rio.

"I just would love to use a bigger platform," he said.

"After the Paralympic Games in Rio, I'm going to continue talking to the IAAF to find a solution to compete in London 2017, the next Championship... It would be great to represent our sport to many more people and show the world that we are very good athletes and we don't have to hide behind Olympic athletes."

Another athlete catching attention for crossover potential is Algeria's Abdellatif Baka, who ran the 1,500m in the T3 category for impaired vision, winning with a time of 3:48.29sec that would also have given him Olympic gold.

Pistorius' downfall has been as public and spectacular as his rise.

Seven months after competing in the London Games he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, shooting through the door of the bathroom where she was hiding. He insisted he had believed he was firing at an intruder, but was eventually convicted of murdering Steenkamp.


In Rio, which could have been his chance to cement himself in the history books, he has been all but forgotten.

However, Arnie Fourie, a single amputee South African Paralympian, says his legacy hangs over the Games.

"Oscar is obviously missed. I mean, what he has done for the sport not only in our country but also for the world - what he's done no one can take that away from him," he said.

"There's room for new people to step up."

Peruvian soldier and amputee Jose Luis Casas, who competes in the 200m and 400m, says he also wishes things had turned out differently.

"I'd have liked to compete against him. We miss him. Pistorius did things that have nothing to do with sport, but he also opened the door for para-athletes like me," he said.

Rehm says it's time to move on from Pistorius.

"I want to write a new chapter," he said.

"I want to bring the Olympics and Paralympics closer."

- AFP.

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Spurs quietly carry Premier League's European hopes

Overlooked in the EPL, Spurs are bigger, better and can shine in Europe




(Tomorrow, 2.40am, Singtel TV Ch 111 & StarHub TV Ch 202)

Tottenham's shadowy squad are yesterday's men.

Their failed title challenge has faded from the memory. The Golden Boot winner feels a tad tarnished and Mauricio Pochettino is no longer the managerial flavour of the month.

And he probably wouldn't have it any other way.

As Spurs kick off their return to the Champions League tomorrow morning (Singapore time), Monaco would do well to remember the old motherly saying.

Beware the quiet ones.

A deceptively muted start to the season hides the attacking potency of a coiled serpent.

Tottenham's forgotten footballers didn't fall away. They just slipped from the Premier League's consciousness for a bit. Their story was no longer sexy.

In actual fact, they got better.

But better isn't big enough in the explosive age of razzle-dazzle derbies, conflicts between Mediterranean managers and screaming Italians stomping across Stamford Bridge.

Even a new, improved Tottenham seemed old hat when compared to the Blitzkrieg advances taking place in Manchester and West London.

But Pochettino knows.

The wry smile after Spurs' scintillating demolition of Stoke confirmed his suspicions. Unheralded and largely overlooked, Tottenham are exactly where they need to be.

Some 80,000 tickets have been sold for their Group E opener against Monaco for a reason. The Wembley venue always holds an alluring quality, but there's nothing like a 4-0 victory in the Potteries to intoxicate the masses.

Tottenham's mental brittleness halted their title charge last season, unable to hold their nerve against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea when it really mattered.

Spurs had the counter-pressing template, a gifted manager, an excellent first 11 and an outstanding marksman. But their artistry lacked depth and gumption.

Pochettino needed more men of muscle. Most of all, he just needed more men.

And he's since acquired both.

Victor Wanyama epitomised the kind of tenacious, physical specimen designed for a wet weekend in Stoke, practically tearing the heads of passing midfielders.

With the job done after an hour, he was granted an early rest ahead of his Wembley date. Erik Lamela replaced him and replicated his workrate.

After scoring his first goal of the campaign, Harry Kane then went off for Vincent Janssen, who's not a striking equal but an able deputy nonetheless.


Son Heung Min showed a cool head in the kind of areas where his team-mates kept losing theirs last season, brushing aside the pressure to score twice. Dele Alli knocked in the other goal.

Moussa Sissoko came off the bench for a late cameo and Mousa Dembele is available to face Monaco, despite his domestic suspension.

Have you joined the dots yet?

As the spotlight shines elsewhere, a pattern is quietly emerging at Spurs.

Pochettino's sly work continues, unchecked and often unnoticed, building a squad capable of challenging for silverware.

During the Manchester Derby hullabaloo, two priceless bits of business were concluded at Tottenham. Christian Eriksen extended his contract until 2020 and Eric Dier signed a new five-year deal.

Kane and Kyle Walker are expected to follow suit.

A domino effect of the reverse kind is taking place for the first time. Stars aren't falling. Tottenham are finally losing their reputation as a selling club.

No one in a Spurs jersey hankers for a move to a trophy-chasing, Champions League club. They've already found one. Just ask Eriksen.

Once he'd committed on paper, the Dane did likewise on the pitch, enjoying his most focused performance of the season at Stoke.

Tottenham's residual hangover from that title implosion is slowly giving way to a steely optimism and a belief that the best is yet to come.

Unlike Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, Spurs remain undefeated in the EPL. Their Champions League return also looks reasonably kind, with Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow joining them in Group E.

And apart from Danny Rose, they will trundle down Wembley Way with no fresh injury concerns.

White Hart Lane's stadium is being redeveloped, but there's a sense that the squad are developing faster still, out of sight and mostly out of mind.

That could all change against Monaco. The early Ligue 1 leaders offer a genuine test of Tottenham's European credentials.

A small squad and mental frailties destroyed their domestic dream last season.

Pochettino has taken care of the squad. Now, his players must prove that they're made of sterner stuff.

It's time for the quiet ones to make some noise.

It will be a historic moment for us. We need to go to Wembley to play, to behave naturally and to try to win games and not try to find excuses.

— Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on playing in Wembley as White Hart Lane is under renovation

You have more space to play in (on a bigger pitch). It’s difficult for the opponents to press you when you have more space and more metres to run.

— Pochettino on the Wembley pitch

What qualities can I bring to this team? My power and my strength. I have a lot of energy. Everyone knows I like to run forward, so maybe this is something I can add.

— Spurs’ Moussa Sissoko