Oscar Pistorius


The Blade Runner is the world's fastest man with no legs. The double-leg amputee is the world record holder in the 100m, 200m and 400m, with the aid of artificial carbon-fibre limbs. Oscar Pistorius is a fierce competitor and firm believer that disability does not mean inability. He took the International Association of Athletics Federation to court last year when they refused to allow him to race against able-bodied athletes on the basis that his prostheses gave him an unfair advantage. He won the legal battle and was able to compete for a place in the South African team for the Beijing Olympic Games. Although he did not make the final team, he achieved a personal best time of 46.25 seconds in the 400m. Undeterred, he took part in the Paralympics Games where he won gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m for his country. � Phathisani Moyo

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