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Canadian basketball player David Eng makes website's "hottest Paralympians" list

09/03/2012 12:31 EDT | Updated 11/03/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Canadian wheelchair basketball co-captain David Eng has made a website's list of 11 "hottest Paralympic athletes" in London.

The criteria for making the list wasn't provided by msn.com, but Eng has South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, U.S. sprinter Marlon Shirley and American swimmer Mallory Weggemann for company.

"It was sort of a shock because I didn't really know about it," Eng said. "I just saw it on Facebook actually.

"It's good for confidence I guess. It's good-looking people. Glad to be in that category."

Eng and his Canadian teammates concluded the preliminary round of the Paralympic tournament with a perfect 5-0 record Monday and will play in Wednesday's quarter-finals.

Numerous lists of "most-beautiful" athletes at last month's Olympic Games were posted on-line. Perhaps it's a sign of equality for Paralympians that they are now objectified in the same subjective way.

Eng's teammates are certainly having fun with it.

"I'm happy for Dave. I know he's been working for this his whole life," Patrick Anderson said. "We're just basking in the glow. I don't know if he makes us look better or worse."

Eng says women's wheelchair basketball coach Bill Johnson draws attention to Eng's celebrity status by asking loudly in the athletes' village 'do you know this is one of the 11 top hottest Paralympians?"

Eng, 35, won Paralympic gold in wheelchair basketball in 2004 and silver in 2008. The Montreal native took up the sport because his uncle was on the national team and also because one of his legs is shorter than the other.

He says he's been single for a year to concentrate on basketball. His inclusion among msn.com's "best eye candy" at the Paralympics might change his Facebook status.

"I figure once the Games are over, I'll maybe start looking and seeing what's out there," Eng said.

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