Amputee runner Oscar Pistorius wins London 2012 400-meter race as 2nd place, moves to semifinalsBy Angel Cuala on Aug 4, 2012 in Europe, Racing, Sports •
Updated: August 9, 2012 10:15 p.m.
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, who makes history as the first amputee to compete on Olympic track, won the second place in the opening round of the London Olympics 400-meter race on Saturday, August 4, 2012, and now advances to the semifinals of the said event.
Amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius
Image Credit: Antonin Thuillier, AFP/Getty Images
As noted at Guardian that day, Oscar Pistorius, also known as the “Blade Runner“, won easily as second place after he circled the oval in the Olympic stadium in 45.44 seconds, just 0.4 seconds behind the winner, Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic, who finished the race in 45.04 seconds.
“I was so nervous this morning. Thanks to everyone for showing their support. I didn’t know whether to cry, I had a mixture of emotions. It was the most amazing experience.” Pistorius was quoted in the report after the race, as he is also being set to compete in the 4x400m relay.
Pistorius, 25, whose both legs were amputated halfway between his knees and ankles when he was only 11 months old, was allowed by the Team South Africa to compete in the Olympics 2012; after he did not qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Oscar Pistorius, who is also dubbed as the “fastest man on no legs” and has won 4 Paralympic gold medals, has been the subject of criticism. His detractors are saying that his artificial limbs, the carbon-fiber blades known as Cheetahs, are giving him the advantage over runners with natural ankles and feet.
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