OSCAR PISTORIUS

Dubbed "the fastest thing on no legs�, Oscar Pistorius is to athletics what Natalie du Toit has been to swimming. But unlike Du Toit, Pistorius has never known what it was like to have two legs. He was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated before his first birthday. Determined that this wouldn't stand in his way, Pistorius went about life as normal and played rugby, water polo and tennis at Pretoria Boys High. It was a knee injury sustained during a rugby game that led him to the athletics track, where he would go on to break an incredible 26 world records. He was the first athlete with a disability to be invited, in 2005, to a Grand Prix meeting in Helsinki to compete against able-bodied athletes. His desire to compete at the Olympic Games against able-bodied athletes was boosted when he won a silver medal in the 400m at the South African National Championships earlier this year.

LUNCH SPOT: Anywhere that serves a good lasagne