Day 11 Feature Athlete: Oscar Pistorius
Today’s feature athlete is South African sprint runner, Oscar Pistorius, also known as “Blade Runner”. He competed in the 400 meter race on Sunday and is the first double leg amputee to compete in the Games.
Upon finishing the race in last place, heat winner, Grenada’s Kirani James, embraced Pistorius and exchanged bib numbers. The exchange was a sign of respect from the reigning world champion. “He’s an inspiration for all of us. It’s an honour competing against that guy,” James said.
Pistorius will return to the track on August 29 to compete in the Paralympic Games.
Check out these articles on Pistorius from around the world.