Weekend Image Post – Oscar Pistorius
Double amputee South African track star Oscar Pistorius clocked 45.07 seconds for the 400 metres in Lignano, Italy, on July 19, 2011.
He will now become the first amputee sprinter to compete in the track and field world championships in Daegu, South Korea, on August 27, 2011.
Pistorius will be the first Paralympic athlete in prostheses who may compete against able-bodied runners in the London Olympics next year. To make the South African Olympic team, he needs to run a qualifying standard of 45.25 seconds or less twice before the London Games. He failed to qualify for the 400 metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Pistorius will also compete at the London 2012 Paralympics where he will look to retain his titles in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events.
Pistorius had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old being born without lower leg fibula bones.
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Known as the “Blade Runner” and “the fastest man on no legs”, Pistorius, who has a double amputation, is the world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur.
At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, he took the gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres sprints.
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In this weekend image blog post we publish ten images of Oscar Pistorius, popularly known as the Blade Runner.
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