South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius Makes History as First Double Amputee to Compete in Olympics


South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the ‘Blade Runner’ makes history …

Today was truly an Olympic moment as South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius made history as the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games. Pistorius, known as the ‘Blade Runner’, said that the moment almost overwhelmed him after battling for so long to compete on the grandest state. He said, “I was so nervous this morning. I didn’t know whether to cry. I had a mixture of emotions. It was the most amazing experience, the crowd was amazing. I saw the South African flag.” However, Oscar Pistorius did not just come to start a race, he came to compete and win. Pistorius finished second in his prelim race and qualified for tomorrows semi-finals.

 Oscar Pistorius, The Blade Runner, a true Olympic Hero

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius made history on Saturday when he became the first double amputee to compete in an athletics event at the Olympics.

The 25-year-old qualified for the semi-finals of the 400 metres by running a season’s best of 45.44 seconds in finishing second.

Pistorius, who had both legs amputated below the knee before he was aged one, because of a congenital condition, runs on carbon fibre blades.

He is also due to run in the 4x400m relay at the Games.

Pistorius said the occasion had almost overwhelmed him, as he at last realized his dream after battling to convince the authorities to let him make it happen for several years.

Many think that his blades give him an advantage in running. Really? This may be a first time ever that a double amputee is said to have an advantage over athletes with both of their normal legs. Really people, are you listening to yourself? After watching Pistorius all I could think is how on earth did anyone actually try to black this guy from competing in the Olympics and how ashamed they should be of themselves. It is stories like this that make the Olympics the Olympics. Some one overcoming all odds to compete, medals be damned.

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    2 Responses to “South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius Makes History as First Double Amputee to Compete in Olympics”

    1. NGBoston on August 5th, 2012 8:23 am

      This guy is amazing and had to fight the Olympic Committee for years to even be allowed to enter.

      The Human Spirit is an awe-inspiring thing, isn’t it?

      Go, Oscar!

    2. Column: Pistorius revolutionizes Olympic notions | Today News on August 5th, 2012 10:25 am

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