‘Blade runner’ makes unprecedented Olympic debut

Source: CNN

Oscar Pistorius, a South African double-amputee nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” made an unprecedented Olympic debut Saturday, finishing second in his 400-meter qualifying heat.

With a time of 45.44 seconds, Pistorius qualified for Sunday’s semifinals.







The runner’s legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old because of a bone defect. He runs on special carbon fiber blades, hence the nickname.

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One Comment on “‘Blade runner’ makes unprecedented Olympic debut”

  1. Afaqi,
    August 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    What is this, the Blade Runner. yes! he is Oscar Pistorius of South Africa. A great runner on artificial legs! Really a great runner. His performance is really an unbelievable wonderful and what a fantastic achievement in running fast with artificial legs made of special carbon fiber blades. A great lesson for all those having divine blessings of full parts of human body but still want to become a somewhat similar to leg-less, not for good, but only for a specific purpose/period.I wish this wonder leg-less runner all the best out of London Olympics. You, Mr. Pistorius have done wonders for the rest of us….

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