Also making headlines yesterday was cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, who became the most decorated female Paralympian in British history after securing the 12th gold medal of her career at the Olympic Velodrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Storey, who won her first Paralympic gold medal in swimming at Barcelona 1992, began the Games level on 11 golds with athletics great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, whom she was congratulated by shortly after the finish of the women’s C5 3,000m individual pursuit final.

The stories surrounding Dias and Dame Sarah are the sort the IPC will be hoping for in abundance between now and the Closing Ceremony on September 18.

It’s highly unlikely that they will completely detract the attention from the potentially negative headlines during the Games, but from the point of view of the world governing body of Paralympic sport, they will at least go some way towards doing so.

Daniel Etchells graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA honours degree in Media and Sports Journalism in 2010. Before joining insidethegames.biz, Daniel covered football for various national newspapers through the Wardle Whittell Agency and undertook placements writing for the official website of his beloved Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News and BBC Sport.

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