Hat'll do nicely! Bladerunner Pistorius gets warm reception as he returns to South Africa
12:30 GMT, 11 September 2012
More than a million fans rammed the streets of central London on Monday to salute Britain's Olympic and Paralympic heroes.
And around the world too, athletes are returning home from London's summer celebration of sport to warm receptions.
The South African Bladerunner Oscar Pistorius was all smiles as he was presented with a cheque for 700,000 Rand (just over 53,000) upon his return home to Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Rand reward: Oscar Pistorius is presented with a cheque for R700,000 (about 53,000) by South African Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula
Dozens of fans turned out at the airport to greet the world's most famous disabled athlete, who won two gold medals and one silver at the London Games.
And the precious metal was on display as Pistorius accepted his financial reward for winning the T44 400 metres and the 4 x 100 metre relay from the country's Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula.
Welcome home! Pistorius, his gold and silver medals hanging around his neck, signs autographs as he steps off the plan at O.R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg
Pleased as punch: Dozens of fans turned out at the airport to welcome Pistorius back onto home soil
His silver came in the T44 200 metres, where he finished second behind Brazil's Alan Oliveira amid controversy about the length of the winner's blades.
But Pistorius was beaten into fourth in his other race, the 100 metres, which was won by Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock.
However, this didn't seem to bother him as he sported a fetching hat in the South African national colours as he received his cheque.
Before leaving London last night, Pistorius spoke about the 2012 Paralympics in glowing terms.
Hard hat area: Pistorius is presented with some headgear as he accepts a reward from the South African Government
Brilliant Bladerunner: Pistorius celebrates a dominant win in the T44 400 metres final
He said: 'The summer has been a dream come true. Lord Coe and his team at Locog have done the most amazing job.
'Their attention to detail has made this the most phenomenal and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.
'I think the world has finally seen that Paralympic sport is truly elite. It has performances that are really worth supporting and worth getting to know the athletes for.
'It's been a humbling blessing to be here.'