Friday, July 18, 2008

We See Oscar Pistorius

After a year of controversy, legal battles with morons who allows drug infused athletes to get gold medals , and frantic effort, Oscar Pistorius will not be at the Olympic Games next month. Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter from South Africa who runs on a pair of carbon-fiber blades, failed to meet the qualifying time for the 400 meters in his final attempt earlier this week and, Friday morning, was not selected to join the South African 4x400 meter relay squad.
But he will be competing in Paralympics in Bejing. He is known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs". He took part in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and came third overall in the T44 (one leg amputated below the knee) 100-metre event. Despite falling in the preliminary round for the 200 metres, he qualified for the final. He went on to win the final with a world record time of 21.97 seconds, beating single amputee American runners Marlon Shirley and Brian Frasure.

New York Times

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