South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius already holds world records in a number of events but he is looking to add one more this summer as he continues to work to become the first man with no legs to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius has already ran an Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard time in the 400 meters earning him the title as “the fastest man on no legs”.
Pistorius was born without a fibula in ether of his legs which led his parents to make the decision to have his legs amputated below the knee. The prosthetic legs did not stop Pistorius from playing sports in school where he competed in waterpolo, rugby, cricket, tennis, triathlons, wrestling and boxing. Pistorius did not start track running until he shattered his knee in a rugby match and was told to run track to aid his rehabilitation. In his first school race, Pistorius ran the 100 meters in 11.72 seconds which his father later learned was faster than the Paralympic world record at the time, set at 12.20 seconds.
Since Pistorius started competing in the Paralympics in 2004 he has dominated – winning 19 medals. All of which are gold except one. Pistorius holds the two Paralympic world records in the 100 Meters and 200 Meters. He then began to compete in able-bodied events but not without some controversy.
In 2007 Pistorius underwent a series of scientific tests at the Cologne Sports University to see if running with blades gave him an advantage. After two days of tests Dr Peter Brüggemann found that the blades gave Pistorius a distant advantage in a race and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) forbid the use of blades in all of their events including the Olympics. Never letting a setback stand in his way Pistorius appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court ruled after two days of hearings that the tests Brüggemann ran did not take into account all the aspects of a race and that blades do not give a runner any advantages.
The door was open for Pistorius to compete in the 2008 games but he came up just short of qualifying for the 400 meters and was not selected to the South African relay team. Pistorius has ran the Olympic qualifying time for the 400 meters and is just waiting for the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee to select him.
All the signs point to Pistorius the “Blade Runner” making history as next month in London.
For more photos of Oscar Pistorius check out Newscom.
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