Sunday, July 24, 2011

‘Blade Runner’ qualifies for 2012 Olympics

New Delhi: It’s a story that goes beyond sporting achievements. It is a victory of the human spirit.

When 24-year-old double amputee Oscar Pistorius runs at the 400m race in the 2012 London Olympics, he would have done what no other man has ever done before – become the first sprinter to compete for both Olympic and Paralympic gold.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said on Thursday that he looked forward to Pistorius competing at both the world championships in South Korea next month and the Games in London.
Blade Runner qualifies for 2012 Olympics

‘Blade Runner’ qualifies for 2012 Olympics

Pistorius, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades after both his lower legs were amputated when he was 11 months old, clocked a 45.07 seconds personal best in the 400 metres at an event in Lignano, Italy, on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old’s time was inside both the world championships and Olympic qualifying mark.


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